Tuesday, December 15, 2009

12 Days of Fugitives, Day 6: Jano Evans

Jano Evans

A convicted drug dealer who killed two people in a traffic crash and then fled the Tampa area is today's Florida's Fugitive of the Day, part of the state's "12 Days of Fugitives" program.

A news release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has the particulars on Jano Evans:
On June 16, 1987, Evans was returning from the Tampa Salvation Army where he was serving a four-year work release sentence for cocaine trafficking when he crashed his speeding car into a disabled vehicle on the Howard Frankland Bridge.

Four members of the Thompson family were inside the disabled vehicle and were airlifted to a hospital. Mr. John Thompson and his two children survived. Thompson’s wife and the children’s mother, Catherine Thompson, died a few days later.

Evans left the hospital before law enforcement could interview and arrest him. He has two warrants for his arrest – one for escape and one for manslaughter. The warrants are for nationwide extradition.

“To Mr. Jano Evans, if you are listening to this I’d like you to know that your wrong choices have devastated my family. My two girls had to grow up without a mother because of the choices you have made,” said John Thompson. “I hope and pray you are brought to justice.”

Evans is 6’2” and at the time of his escape was approximately 194 pounds. He has hazel eyes and brown hair. He has worked as a salesman, and enjoys writing and computers. Evans has used the alias John C. Evans. He may have some facial injuries or scarring from the car accident. He may be in Maine or in Central America.

Evans is featured today on digital billboards across the state. The Florida Outdoor Advertising Association and its network of member companies are broadcasting the faces of the fugitives and the tip line number throughout the campaign period. There are 90 digital billboard locations statewide.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the toll free tip line at 1-877-FLA-WANTED (1-877-352-9268) or e-mail FLAWanted@fdle.state.fl.us.

Jano Evans, in an age progression illustration released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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