Sawmill Branch Bike Trail suspect denied bond

Evans in bond court Tuesday (Stacy Jacobson/WCIV)

by Stacy

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- The man arrested for attacking a 17-year-old girl on a popular jogging trail faced a judge Tuesday morning.

The judge denied bond to 20-year-old Michael Evans.

One speaker at the bond hearing said that Evans "hunted in a place our community allows children to play. He clearly has no moral compass."

Another speaker asked the judge to deny bond and Summerville Police recommended the same.

"She's been constantly anxious he would find her, hurt her or a member of our family. Normal activity such as driving to work or sleeping in her own room haven't been possible," the alleged victim's mother said.

Police said Evans followed the teen while she ran on the Sawmill Branch trail last Wednesday around 1 p.m. He pulled her in to the woods and sexually attacked her, officials said.

Authorities released sketches of the suspect. They said they took a lot of calls, which led them to Evans.

"We can't do it all. We rely on tips that come in to give us information," Capt. Jon Rogers said.

Authorities{}charged Evans{}with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Records showed Evans had three prior arrests, all for lesser charges.

"It's a violent crime. Any violent crime isn't going to be tolerated in people's backyards," Rogers said.

Rogers called{}it a "random crime." But it wouldn't keep people from using their neighborhood park.

"We've never felt unsafe before and I probably won't in the future. I think it'll be fine. I think it's a one off situation," said Mike Green, who lives near the park.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

They said Evans will have a circuit court bond hearing, too.