Preliminary hearing set for suspect in robberies

Staff Report

A trial date has been set for one of the suspects in the robbery cases that occurred in August and September.

Ezra Evans, 18, of Chicago, led the robberies that occurred on Eastern’s campus and in the Charleston community, according to an article by the JG-TC.

Evans said he instructed the juveniles who had previously been arrested to perform some of the crimes, according to a police report.

Evans told police he had instructed the juveniles to perform the crimes, which included attacking a man for his cellphone and wallet, according to police records.

Evans is being charged with robberies in connection with the incident on Eastern’s campus on Sept. 13. as well as an alleged residential break-in on Sept. 17.

Evans has a preliminary hearing set for Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Coles County Courthouse.