32-Year-Old Sexual Assault Cold Case Cleared by Arrest


Charlotte, N.C. – (Tuesday, October 19, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Sexual Assault Cold Case Unit have charged Johnny Evans Jr., DOB: 05/09/1965, for a burglary and rape case that occurred in 1989.

During the early-morning hours of August 27, 1989, a suspect broke into a residence near the 3600 block of Simmons Street in the Freedom Division.  Once inside, the suspect sexually assaulted the resident and ransacked the residence prior to leaving.  The then-19-year-old female called 911 and was treated at the hospital where DNA evidence was collected.

The DNA was initially tested in 1990.  Johnny Evans Jr., was recently identified as a suspect through a DNA match, and warrants for first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree rape were then issued for his arrest.  On October 18, 2021, the CMPD's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) located and arrested Evans without incident.  Following his interview with detectives, Evans was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and served with his three outstanding warrants.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.  As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 911, or leave the information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visiting the website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For more information about this case, please refer to the report: 19890827-0439-00.