Sex assault suspect set out looking for girl on hiking trail, detective testifies

A judge ruled today that a case against a Summerville man accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old woman on a hiking trail earlier this year should proceed toward a trial.

Michael Glen Evans, a 20-year-old resident of Ravenswood Court in Summerville, faces charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the Jan. 9 attack. The counts carry a combined maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.

Court documents stated that Evans came across the woman on the Sawmill Branch Walk/Bike Trail and rammed his bicycle into her near the SCE&G station at 1885 Bacons Bridge Road. The affidavits alleged that he then grabbed her, put a knife to her throat and dragged her to the wood line, where he assaulted her.

Evans was represented by public defender Mitchell Farley during the preliminary hearing about noon today in front of Summerville Municipal Court Chief Judge David Whittington.

Evans arrived for the hearing clad in striped jail garb. His hands were cuffed. During testimony by Summerville police Detective Craig Baker, he shook his head repeatedly, even as Baker paused.

Baker testified that a friend of Evans’ called the police after seeing a sketch of the attacker. Evans was arrested five days after the incident.

Evans told the police that before the attack, he was with the friend and former high school classmate in the nearby Evergreen subdivision. He also had been smoking marijuana that might have been laced with PCP, Baker said during the hearing.

The friend told the police that Evans set out on the trail with his bicycle to look for girls, Baker testified.

Evans told detectives that he pinched the victim, who then slapped him, Baker added. He might have blacked out after that, but he acknowledged dragging the victim into the woods at knifepoint and assaulting her, Baker said.


Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.

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