Evan Pearson still at large, is wanted in connection with burglaries

Friday, April 19, 2013
Evan Pearson is wanted by police in Berryville and Green Forest.

CARROLL COUNTY -- Evan Pearson, the Berryville man accused of harboring a runaway girl last fall and of burglarizing a string of businesses this February, is still on the loose, police say.

Pearson, the son of Sgt. Shannon Pearson, of the Berryville Police Department, was arrested last Thanksgiving, after he and Desiray Thibodeaux were found sleeping in a car on the campus of Morehead State University, in Kentucky. Thibodeaux, 16 at the time, had been missing from Oak Grove since Halloween.

Pearson bailed out of jail on Christmas Eve and, in January, pleaded not guilty to interfering with custody, a Class C felony.

In addition to the Thibodeaux case, Pearson is accused of burglarizing Mane Street Salon and Reliable Poultry in Green Forest, and Berryville Auto Sales and Jim's Small Engine Repair in Berryville. All four burglaries occurred during the last week in February.

Warrants were issued for Pearson's arrest in both Berryville and Green Forest in March, in relation to the burglaries. However, he has so far eluded capture.

A third arrest warrant was issued for Pearson on April 9, after he missed a pre-trial hearing in the Thibodeaux case.

A second suspect in February burglaries, Tom Paul Morris, is already in police custody. During a March 8 interview with police, Morris reportedly confessed to burglarizing Reliable Poultry and Berryville Auto Sales and to assisting in the other two break-ins.

Morris also told police that Pearson had participated in all four burglaries.

At Mane Street Salon, in Green Forest, the burglars reportedly made off with several checks and less than $20 in cash. At Jim's Small Engine Services, they are accused of stealing a weed eater. They were less successful in the other two crimes.

At Berryville Auto Sales, burglars tried, but failed, to break into a safe -- causing an estimated $1,200 of damage in the process. At Reliable Poultry, they were scared away by an alarm before they could take anything.

During his interview, Morris told police a sledgehammer and crowbar used in the crimes were being stored at the home of Pearson's mother. Police later executed a search warrant on the home and found the tools.

Morris also told police that a third suspect had been involved in the Green Forest burglaries, though he knew only his first name. It is not clear whether police have learned the identity of that suspect or obtained an arrest warrant, because Green Forest Police Chief John Bailey could not be reached for comment.

Berryville Det. Robert Bartos said police were still seeking Pearson, and investigating tips as they received them.

He said several people had provided information on Pearson's whereabouts but that, each time, Pearson escaped before police could arrest him.

The last tip was received about two weeks ago, the detective said, and police are no longer sure whether Pearson is still in the area.

"The whole county's looking for him," Bartos said. "... (but) it's not like we've got two officers out at all times just looking for Evan (Pearson). We've only got so much manpower."

Berryville Police Chief Dave Muniz encouraged anyone with information about Pearson's whereabouts to contact law enforcement at 870-423-7373.

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  • I've read several articles about this individual in the past and I think by now we all know who his father is...I just don't understand the relevance of putting Sgt. Pearson's name in every article.

    Sgt. Pearson is a good mand and a good police officer...why bring his name up every time? Evan is a grown man and his actions have nothing to do with his father.

    -- Posted by exCCfinest on Mon, Apr 22, 2013, at 9:47 AM
    Response by Kristal Kuykendall:
    Perhaps his actions indeed have nothing to do with his father, but can we honestly say that his father's position has nothing to do with the mystery of why he has not been arrested yet in these cases? I don't believe we can. THAT is why his father's name and position is being put in these articles. Because we are questioning whether every effort is being put forth to capture someone who is wanted in several serious crimes. If his father were not a police officer would he have been located and arrested long before now? We wonder, and we believe it's fair to wonder this.


    Kristal Kuykendall

    Managing Editor

  • Yes, give it up. Get a life.

    -- Posted by rockpilefarmer on Mon, Apr 22, 2013, at 11:42 AM
  • Because T.S. Strickland is looking for sensationalism in every story he writes. T. S. Strickland doesn't look at the whole picture in anything, or who he may hurt in the process. He's just a stupid young man who thinks he's a reporter.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Mon, Apr 22, 2013, at 12:19 PM
  • Sgt. Pearson is sworn to uphold the law. Breaking this oath puts his job and department in jeopardy.

    -- Posted by gf citizen on Mon, Apr 22, 2013, at 6:25 PM
  • So then Ms. Editor, you imply that Sgt. Pearson knows where his son is, and is hiding him out. Just more supermarket tabloid crap. Why don't you invest a little time in finding out the truth before you cause harm. Have you even talked with Sgt. Pearson and got to know him? Have you met his family? Do you know anything about him and his years of service? Have you talked with the Chief? No. No you haven't. You and T.S. Strickland imply wrong doing with no prof or truth. THAT IS TABLOID NEWS and not real news. Disgraceful, shame on you.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Tue, Apr 23, 2013, at 10:37 AM
  • Well Ms. Kristal KuykenSTUPIDall I am thinking an even greater conspiracy. It's you isn't it? The Pearson boy is YOUR lover and you are using YOUR power of the press to tip him off to the warrants that was issued for his arrest. There is yet another warning to him in this latest article. Yes, I can see it. It's right there in black and white. Kristal Kuykendall's Lover is being sent messages in the Carroll County News paper. Hmmmm If you had not let him and the whole world know there was an arrest warrant for his arrest maybe he would have been in custody by now. Now I wonder... Maybe it IS fair that we think THIS way. SHAME SHAAAAME ON YOU!

    -- Posted by sillycone_pounder on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 11:06 AM
  • Maybe T.S. and K.K. are the real criminals. Maybe they'er the ones that did the burglaries and trying to blame the Pearsons. Is it fair to think this way?About as Stupid isn't it?

    -- Posted by okaybut on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 1:55 PM
  • OK, I owe an explanation here: I did not mean to imply that Sgt. Pearson has any knowledge of his son's whereabouts nor did I mean to imply that he has anything to do with this case, for that matter. I offer my apologies to Sgt. Pearson for implying that he has done anything wrong, because I don't believe he has. However, anytime you have a suspect's relative as a ranking officer in a department that is investigating that suspect, it COULD become an issue -- a conflict of interest -- and at the very least is worth mentioning. That's why we put it in the story. There is no way to know someone's intentions either way, but to not put that fact in the story would constitute a failure on our part to let readers know all the relevant facts.

    -- Posted by kristal_kuykendall on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 2:38 PM
  • Explanation accepted.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 3:28 PM
  • Ms. Kuykendall,

    Thank you for the explanation, I understand what you are saying. I do not take what you said as an insinuation that Sgt. Pearson or the BVPD were acting wrongfully, I just felt that, the mentioning of his name, could be taken as disrespect, that's all.

    -- Posted by exCCfinest on Wed, Apr 24, 2013, at 5:42 PM
  • I'm just glad that the facts are closer to being right! Asked if there would be a retraction from the last article, which mentioned that Morris' residence was searched and the sledgehammer and crowbar where found there...not true. Never got a retraction, but I'm glad this article says different. Because Morris' family are respectable people too and they'd prefer not to be accused of harboring evidence.

    -- Posted by mrichardson689 on Thu, Apr 25, 2013, at 8:34 AM
  • Well I'm sure everyone will be happy to know that Pearson has been arrested. He was picked up not even 10 miles from his mother's house. So I guess, pressure from the press was helpful. Were to believe that he couldn't be located and it took this long to find him. Wonder were he's been staying, not in this area...huh...that's Ridiculous! Harboring a fugitive?

    -- Posted by mrichardson689 on Thu, Apr 25, 2013, at 9:43 AM
  • There was no real mystery. Girlfriend, that's all.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Thu, Apr 25, 2013, at 11:45 AM
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