KENOSHA — The Kenosha County sheriff announced Monday that his department has apprehended the suspect reportedly involved in the October home invasion of a Somers couple.
During a Monday news conference, Sheriff David Beth announced that Daniel L. Evans, 52, of Kenosha, was taken into custody Friday in connection to the Oct. 27 home invasion.
“It took us about a week, but we were able to catch the suspect that we feel very confident was the person that broke into the home,” Beth said.
The incident left an 84-year-old man and his 83-year-old wife with serious injuries. The man suffered two non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the shoulder and both he and his wife received head injuries.
Evans had allegedly stolen two cellphones and Halloween candy in the home invasion. Police were able to track Evans’ whereabouts after a surveillance tape surfaced showing Evans disposing of the cellphones, Beth said during a press conference Monday morning.
Armed with a search warrant, police also reportedly found Halloween candy taken from the couple’s home at Evans’ home, Beth said.
Car chase ends in Racine
On Friday, sheriff’s investigators took up surveillance of the residence in which Evans resided, the Embassy Mobile Home Park, 1870 Sheridan Road, Somers. At about 1 p.m., a vehicle was observed leaving the residence with Evans, three other adults and a 6-month-old child inside.
The vehicle Evans was operating was determined to be stolen and had been taken during a September burglary reported in Kenosha, police said.
The Kenosha Police Department, assisted by Kenosha Sheriff’s detectives, attempted to stop the vehicle on 30th Avenue, near Gateway Technical College’s Kenosha campus. The vehicle initially stopped, but then fled south on 30th Avenue.
At about 1:20 p.m. Friday, the chase ended after the car Daniels was driving reportedly ended up in the ditch in front of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home, on Meachem Road just north of Highway KR in Mount Pleasant. Evans attempted to flee on foot, but was immediately apprehended, Beth said.
Three adults and one child from the suspect vehicle were transported to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, where the adults were questioned, the sheriff said. They were released on Friday and do not appear to be involved in the incident, Beth said during the conference.
Evans was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and transported to the Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau to be interviewed.
According to Beth, the pursuit covered about 10.5 miles and lasted about 8 minutes.
Charges for three incidents
For the September burglary, Evans is facing charges of burglary, felony theft and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, each as a party to a crime.
For the Oct. 27 home invasion, Evans is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide while armed with a dangerous weapon, five counts of aggravated battery while armed with a dangerous weapon, armed burglary, two counts of armed robbery, two counts intimidating a victim while armed and felony in possession of a firearm.
For the Friday car chase, Evans netted additional charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and resisting an officer.
“This is one of the people that, really, if he’s willing to go into an elderly family’s house and shoot an 84-year-old man, he shouldn’t be out there again,” Beth said.