Durham man faces charges

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 21, 2006

AULANDER – A Durham man is behind bars in Hertford County.

An incident near here Monday evening landed Nicholas Lavon Evans, 22, of 33 Foster Street in Durham in the Hertford County Jail under a $200,000 cash bond.

Evans is facing charges of felony conspiracy, second degree burglary, larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan, officers responded to a residence on the 800 block of Mill Branch Road with reports of shots fired.

When Sgt. Jesse Fennell arrived on the scene, he found out a subject, later identified as Evans, had broken into the residence and fled when the residents returned home. Evans reportedly fired shots towards the residents as they arrived in their car.

Upon searching the residence, officers found the suspect had allegedly attempted to remove items from the home and did reportedly take a Winchester 7mm Rifle.

“We called for Odom Correctional’s bloodhound,” Vaughan said.

While officers were waiting for the dogs to arrive, officers from the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office, Murfreesboro Police Department, Aulander Police Department and North Carolina Highway Patrol surrounded the area.

“After a short search, the subject was arrested without incident,” Vaughan said. “He was found approximately 75 yards in the woods.”

The sheriff also reported that a red Lincoln Navigator with 24” chrome wheels was seen riding in the area before officers arrived. The vehicle is believed to have been in the area to pick up the suspect.

As a result of further investigation, Vaughan reported Wednesday afternoon more warrants had been drawn in the case.

Warrants were issued for Fletcher N. Jones, 39, of Erin Brook Lane in Charlotte after investigation. He is being charged with second degree burglary, larceny of a firearm, felony conspiracy and possession of a firearm by a felon.

“We have not located this individual, but we are looking,” the sheriff said. “We have alerted Mecklenburg County authorities to the situation.”

Despite the new warrants, the case in still being investigated.

“This situation is still under investigation,” Vaughan insisted. “We’re going to continue to work this case aggressively.”

The sheriff also expressed his gratitude to Murfreesboro Police Chief Darrell Rowe and his officers, the Aulander Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.