When Thomas Lawton Evans was arrested and charged with kidnapping a Lowcountry 4-year-old, he was driving a blue Chevy Impala.
Now, based on police reports from Morgan County, Ga., questions about where the car came from and what happened to the car Evans allegedly drove from the scene of the kidnapping are closer to being answered.
Evans is accused of kidnapping Heidi Todd and “brutally beating” the child’s mother in the family’s Johns Island home on Feb. 13.
FBI documents allege Evans attacked Brittany Todd with a knife as she returned home from dropping off her two older children at school.
The attack was discovered when Brittany Todd failed to pick up her children in the afternoon and police officers were sent to check on her home, according to a police report from the Charleston Police Department.
Two younger children were unharmed, but Heidi Todd was reported missing.
Around 7:30 a.m. Feb. 14, someone tried to use Brittany Todd’s debit card at a gas station in Greensboro, Ga., according to FBI documents.
Greensboro is about 30 minutes away from Rutledge, where an Impala was reported stolen that day, along with money, clothes, an electric razor and a television, according to a police report from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
The Impala, which had been loaned to seasonal farm workers by their employer, had a tracking device installed in it, the police report said. Investigators were able to determine that the car was heading west on I-20.
A black Honda Civic — a car Evans had been seen driving before the kidnapping — was found in a wooded area behind the residence, the report said.
A kitchen knife was found near the Civic, the report says.
The owner of the Civic, Sharon Nannette Hayden of Boiling Springs, has been reported missing, according to her mother, Sharon Follin Jowers.
On the afternoon of Feb. 14, Heidi Todd was found in Riverside, Alabama.
After railroad workers reported a suspicious vehicle in a wooded area, Riverside Police Chief Rick Oliver said he found Evans sleeping behind the wheel of a blue Chevy Impala. Heidi Todd, who had been in the passenger seat wearing adult-sized clothing, was taken from the car before Evans fled.
Later that night, Evans was apprehended following a police chase in rural Lauderdale County, Miss. according to FBI documents.
Evans is facing kidnapping charges and last made a court appearance Feb. 16 in federal court in Jackson, Miss.
Charles Francis, spokesman for the Charleston Police Department, said last week that Evans was in federal custody.
Francis said additional charges are pending.
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson has characterized the attack as random and said there is no connection between Evans and the Todd family, according to Live 5 News.
The Todd family released a statement on Tuesday saying Brittany Todd had been released from the hospital.
Evans had gotten out of prison Feb. 1 on “community supervision” and was supposed to be in Spartanburg County as a part of his probation terms, according to Evans’ inmate record. According to SCDOC’s website, the “community supervision program” is for certain offenders who have served 85 percent of their sentence.
Evans’ criminal record includes drug and robbery charges that dates back to 1999. In August, 2009, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for armed robbery, second-degree robbery and drug possession charges.
Evans had 14 disciplinary actions while in prison, including threatening prison employees and taking a hostage on Dec. 18, according to South Carolina Department of Corrections records.