Alleged pit bull operation found at arrest site

BY JEFF CLARK
Staff Writer
PRAIRIE – A man arrested in connection with a Chicago shooting also had pit bulls that authorities think were used for dogfighting, authorities said Wednesday.
Working with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department arrested Quincy Evans at 10081 Blackjack Road without incident. According to Monroe County Sheriff Andy Hood, Evans was charged with murder stemming from a gang-related shooting in 2005, after which he moved to Monroe County.
amp”Evans allegedly shot and killed a person in a gang-related incident in Chicago,amp” Hood said. amp”He was indicted by a Grand Jury in May of 2005. We received a call from the U.S. Marshal’s regarding Evans’ possible whereabouts. We moved in on him after surrounding his dwelling with help from the U.S. Marshal’s office and the West Point Police Department. Evans was arrested without incident.amp”
Hood said he and deputies were completely caught off guard by when they found an alleged pit bull operation on the property.
amp”We had no idea this was going on,amp” Hood said. amp”We have been trying to bust a pit bull operation for months, but we received reports it was happening in Clay and Chickasaw counties. We were able to get rid of one in our county
Sheriff’s deputies said Evans had 13 pit bull dogs that appeared to be used in a dogfighting ring.
Also seized were treadmill devices that are used to strengthen animals that are used for fighting.
Deputies contacted the Amory Humane Society, which took custody of the animals. More arrests are expected in connecting with the dogfighting.
Authorities also confiscated several weapons during Evans’ arrest including two handguns and SKS assault rifle.
According to a spokesperson for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Evan refused to sign extradition papers and is still being housed in the Monroe County Adult Detention Center. Officials are awaiting a letter from the Governor of Illinois before Evans can be extradited.

Jeff Clark