Dyer County manhunt ends in arrest

NEWBERN, Tenn. — Police arrest a man Monday after he attempts to rob an elderly couple. Cedric Evans, 23, was arrested Monday after an elderly couple spotted him attempting to steal their mini van, according to police. Police said the husband approached Evans and after an aggressive confrontation picked up a pipe to defend himself. Police said the threat worked and Evans attempted to escape on foot into surrounding fields. Police said Evans wore a red bath robe during the entire pursuit. Officers said when they finally caught up to Evans he would not go down without a fight. “We were able to tase Mr. Evans to safely get him into custody,” said Lt. Rodney Wright of the Newbern Police Department. Wright said it took more than one jolt from the Taser to get Evans in custody and that Evans later admitted to being under the influence of several drugs. Among that list were methamphetamine, ecstasy, hydrocodone and marijuana. Debbie Harris said she is glad her elderly in-laws were not hurt and a criminal is now behind bars. “I’m glad they caught him really quick and it’s been handled and taken care of and they all did a great job,” Harris said. Evans currently is in the Dyer County Jail charged with assault, resisting arrest and attempted burglary, according to police. Officers said Evans also is wanted in Oklahoma on drug charges.

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