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Man wanted in child molestation case flees from hospital

Authorities searching for man who may be hiding in riverbed

VICTORVILLE • Authorities are searching for a person of interest in a child molestation case, after the man fled from the hospital where he was being treated for injuries he received drunkenly running from deputies.

James Evans, 35, has not been found since he was approached by deputies who suspected public intoxication Wednesday morning and sent to the hospital, according to Jodi Miller, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Wednesday morning, deputies on patrol in Victorville observed two men walking down the street, one of whom was walking erratically and appeared inhibited, according to Miller.

When deputies approached the man, he attempted to run away. Because of his condition, the suspect tripped and fell several times in the process.

Deputies eventually made contact with the man and smelled alcohol on him. They called for an ambulance to transport him to the hospital.

“He had sustained injuries and a cut above his eye based on the fact that he was running and falling,” Miller said.

After the suspect was transported to the hospital, deputies identified the suspect as Evans, a person of interest in a child molestation case that is currently under investigation. Officials declined to give more details about the case, as it would hinder investigations.

When a deputy arrived at the hospital to question Evans about the case, the deputy discovered that the man had already left.

Evans is described as a a black adult male, 6 foot, 6 inches and weighing approximately 210 pounds. Deputies received reports of a man matching that description walking northbound across Highway 18 and began a search for Evans with the help of Sheriff’s Aviation.

Deputies searched the Mojave riverbed and camping areas near Stoddard Wells Road and Highway 18. By approximately 11:30 a.m., some units had signed off while others continued the search.

“As time allows, we’ll continue to search the area where he was last seen,” Miller said.

Anyone with information on Evans’ whereabouts is encouraged to call sheriff’s dispatch or call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.

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