A Maryland man wanted by police on several charges was arrested on the Vineyard on the Fourth of July as a fugitive from justice.
Charles Evans 3rd, 44, of Annapolis, Md., was arraigned in Edgartown district court and held without bail pending rendition to Maryland.
According to the police report, Mr. Evans is wanted in Annapolis for charges on and around June 29, including two charges of second degree assault, manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), possessing a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), arson threat, false imprisonment, manufacturing a destructive device, possessing an incendiary with intent, possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and reckless endangerment.
According to the information filed by police in Annapolis, Mr. Evans allegedly threatened his wife and their young son, and police said they later found marijuana plants, a possible pipe bomb and an empty box of butane canisters on the property. The scene was secured and the device was rendered safe via unmanned robot, the report said. Police said in the report that Mr. Evans was believed to have a fascination with explosives, and they believed he was attempting to find his wife and child in order to harm them.
He was pulled over in Chilmark after police on the Island were contacted by Annapolis police. According to reports filed in court, interstate rendition with Maryland is pending, and Mr. Evans may be released to the custody of an appointed authority from Maryland.