Fugitive sought in Hope neighborhood

Police from three local agencies searched a Hope neighborhood for an escaped fugitive Wednesday night. Town Marshal Matt Tallent said that Hope police received a tip that 26-year-old Dustin Allen Evans was at a gas station there. When officers arrived they spotted Evans, who escaped last week in downtown Columbus from the Edinburgh Police Department.

Evans allegedly refused to stop, drove away in a vehicle and eventually abandoned the vehicle in the Goshen Meadows neighborhood and ran away. Officers lost track of Evans and reinforcements from the Indiana State Police and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department cordoned off the neighborhood. A Columbus police dog searched the area for more than an hour, but Evans could not be found.

Police say that Evans is five feet, four inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes. But his most distinctive feature is a tattoo on his left temple that says “misunderstood.”

If you have any information on Evans whereabouts, you can call the Edinburgh Police Department at 812-526-3501.