Man accused of smashing windows at Madison County Sheriff's Office, courthouse

Charles Wesley Evans II
Charles Wesley Evans II(WCTV)
Published: Sep. 18, 2018 at 12:18 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

September 18, 2018

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- A man previously accused of making threats to kill police officers has been arrested for allegedly breaking windows at the Madison County Sheriff's Office and at courthouse buildings.

Around 5:23 p.m. Monday, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a burglary alarm activation at the MCSO Administrative Office on West U.S. Highway 90.

Responding deputies were also notified about a call from a passing motorist who reported seeing a black male wearing jeans and a black shirt striking the windows of the sheriff’s office with what appeared to be a shovel.

A short time later, another call came in reporting that a male of the same description was now at the courthouse smashing out windows. MCSO deputies and officers from the Madison Police Department immediately responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, officers located the man, later identified as Charles Wesley Evans II, walking toward a parked silver sedan with a shovel in his hand. The officers ordered Evans to the ground and took him into custody.

Deputies say surveillance video taken from the sheriff's office showed Evans pulling up to the building, which had just closed and was unoccupied. MCSO says Evans was then seen using a set of post hole diggers to bust out the windows of a Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicle in the parking lot.

Evans then walked to the front of the office and busted out two separate internal office windows. Evans reached into one of the office windows removing a personal photo of a deputy from a desk but never fully entered the building. The photo was later recovered in the trunk of the car Evans was driving.

Deputies say Evans then drove to the Courthouse Annex and busted the glass out of the entrance door with a shovel. Evans then walked across the street to the Courthouse and busted a window out of the Clerk of Courts Office just prior to being arrested.

Both the Annex and Courthouse were also closed, but deputies say there was a court employee still inside. The employee was able to secure herself inside the vault and was unharmed.

Total damage is estimated at nearly $7,000.

MCSO says Evans had been arrested in July of 2016 for corruption by threat against a public official for making threats to the Madison Police Department and to “kill the first two cops” he saw. Officials say the case resulted in 'No Information Filed' because at the time, the law required a specific officer to be named in the threat.

Evans has been charged with burglary with property damage, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and petit theft. Evans remains in the Madison County Jail without bond.