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Reward for fugitive stepfather up to $8,000

U.S. Marshals searching for Michael Evans, family

Authorities are looking for Michael Evans, Kristy Evans, and Jala Barnett who they believe were staying in a Miami motel where a man was killed.
Authorities are looking for Michael Evans, Kristy Evans, and Jala Barnett who they believe were staying in a Miami motel where a man was killed.

MIAMI – The reward for information leading to the arrest of Michael Evans is now totaling $8,000 after the U.S. Marshals Service offered a $5,000 reward.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $3,000 for tips leading to Evans' arrest.

Michael Evans, 30, is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear for aggravated robbery and felonious assault charges.

Michael Evans is also a suspect in a recent homicide in the Miami area.

He is believed to be traveling with his wife Kristy Evans and her 7-year-old daughter Jala Barnett. They may be driving a blue 2001 Ford Escort or a stolen blue 2005 Audi A4.

Michael Evans is white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes.

Kristy Evans, 34, is white, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.

Jala is 4 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 65 pounds.  She has a beauty mark on the right side of her face above her lip.

"Our concern is for the safety of the community and the welfare of the little girl who may be traveling with Michael Evans. Law enforcement is seeking the public's help in locating this dangerous fugitive," said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Crime Stoppers phone number in Miami or the city of Miami Homicide Unit at 305-603-6350.

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