Bail set at $900K for man accused in Park Forest attempted murder

Tribune reporter

A Sauk Village man was arrested last week and charged in the 2011 attempted murder of a man during a dice game in Park Forest.

John L. Evans, of the 100 block of Carriage Lane in Sauk Village, was arrested Thursday, according to court documents.

Evans, 26, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and armed robbery, according to court documents.

He was ordered held in lieu of $900,000 bail Sunday during a bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Evans approached a dice game on the 200 block of Allegheny Street in Park Forest about 6 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2011, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Casey Hunter said.

He brandished a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol and demanded money from LT Bryant, 44, Hunter said.

Evans then shot Bryant in the right ankle, Hunter said.

As Bryant tried to flee, Evans shot him in the right thigh and the injured man fell, Hunter said.

With Bryant on the ground, Evans approached and tried to take $350 out of his pocket, Hunter said.

A struggle ensued, and Evans ended up standing over Bryant and firing point-blank, striking Bryant in the upper left arm, according to Hunter.

Evans then grabbed Bryant’s money and fled, Hunter said.

Three witnesses identified Evans as the gunman, Hunter said.

Hunter would not say why Evans was being arrested now in connection to the 2011 incident.

Evans was convicted in 2003 of armed robbery and sentenced to six years in prison, Hunter said.

Evans is also facing charges of felony battery to an Indiana police officer in connection with an incident last year, Hunter said.

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