Early this morning Cedar Posts along with Rick Thames of the Observer, Crime in Charlotte, and the news desks of WBT, WBTV, WSOC and News14 received an email that claims CMPD detectives released a rape suspect from custody only to have to arrest him hours later after he raped a 3rd woman.
The arrest as reported by CMPD goes something like this:
Lavatae Evans, a 31-year-old felon, was taken into custody, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
Police said two people were sexually assaulted Thursday morning on Equipment Drive, off West Sugar Creek Road near Interstate 85.
As police searched for Evans, the suspect in the attack, he assaulted another person about a five-mile drive away at a home on Brewton Drive, police said.
A SWAT team was called to the home, which is located in a neighborhood between Statesville Avenue and Interstate 77. Evans later surrendered
But is this the whole story? Did Evans attack two women, then find himself in Police custody only to be released and rape again? If so why did CMPD's PIO cover up the facts?
Or was Lavantae Evans simply arrested as CMPD has said after a stand off with CMPD Officers including a SWAT and members of the VCAT unit?
The email in its entirety.
To whom ever will listen,
The information you have received from CMPD concerning the arrest and actions of Lavantae Evans is not completely true.
They have lied in an effort to cover up their mistakes which lead to an innocent person being sexually assaulted and held against her will.
Police responded to the Sunset Inn at 5301 Equipment Dr around 6 a.m. on 12/15/2011. During this altercation Evans was named and positively identified as a suspect in the kidnapping and rape of two female subjects.
Evans was found hiding in another hotel room a few doors down from where the assault took place. Once Evans was located he was positively identified as the person who raped and kidnapped the two women. He was then voluntarily transported to the Law Enforcement Center to be questioned by detectives.
At some point Evans was allowed to leave police custody and not charged with the rape and kidnapping of the first two women.
After being allowed to leave police custody he then kidnapped and raped another (3rd) woman which led to the police standoff with the SWAT team responding.
It was only after Evans was involved in the raping and kidnapping of a third woman that detectives went and obtained warrants for his arrest for the first two women that he assaulted.
CMPD completely failed in this incident and allowed a dangerous, violent and disturbed individual to walk the streets and a few hours later lead to the rape of another woman that could have been completely prevented.
Please, I implore you to dig harder and see that the information released to you by CMPD is not true in its entirety.
All that I have said is documented and available for public record. Please look more into this story and report the truth about what happened with Mr. Evans and CMPD's failure to protect this community.
I am contacting you on the basis of anonymity and do not wish to be contacted or spoken to.
Updated as of 3:00PM CMPD admits to omitting the fact that they released Mr. Evans just hours before he committed the 3rd rape.
Evans sexually assaulted two women at a motel on Equipment Drive early Thursday morning, said Maj. Vicki Foster with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's sexual assault unit.
Foster said after interviewing the two victims, Evans voluntarily came in for questioning at CMPD headquarters between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
The two women's stories did not add up and because Evans was being cooperative with the investigation CMPD allowed him to leave.
Upon leaving, Evans boarded a CATS bus where he met a third woman who needed directions to South Park Mall, Foster said.
Foster said Evans misled the woman and took her to his residence on Brewton Drive where he sexually assaulted her around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cedar's Take: There are many reasons a suspect is released. CMPD's public information office in an effort to cover up the facts via omission, is in its most simplistic form, wrong and is just another indication of the troubling changes at CMPD since Chief Monroe's arrival. In no uncertain terms heads need to roll, starting at the top.