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Suspect charged after manhunt along 400
Authorities: Tried to enter vehicles after crashing his own

A 22-year-old Dawsonville man who authorities say crashed his truck and then attempted to enter vehicles stopped on Ga. 400 in north Forsyth was arrested after a nearly two-hour manhunt Tuesday night.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Luke Monroe Evans was caught about 7 p.m. in the woods near Hubbard Town Road. He has been charged with criminal trespass and first degree burglary.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Evans remained in the Forsyth County Detention Center, said Karleen Chalker, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

She added that the motives for his actions remain unclear.

A nearly two-hour search of that area of Ga. 400, just south of the Dawson County line, included several sheriff’s deputies and dogs.

Forsyth County 911 began receiving reports of the man’s actions about 5:30 p.m.

According to the sheriff’s office, they started with a complaint of a suspicious person “running through traffic on Ga. 400 and attempt[ing] to jump into the bed of a truck and open the doors of multiple cars stopped at the intersection [with Crossroads Road].”

A witness told deputies she had seen the man trying to enter vehicles, including her own, in a pawn shop parking lot before running into the woods, according to the report.

A resident of Janton Way reported having seen Evans crash his northbound Dodge pickup in the woods near her driveway after crossing the median into oncoming traffic.

Deputies ran the truck’s tag and found it registered to Evans.

He also reportedly forced his way into a Settingdown Road home about 6:30 p.m. and asked the homeowner for the keys to a vehicle.

The man told deputies Evans had “scratches and blood on his face.” When denied the keys to the car, Evans reportedly then ran from the front door to the back and into the woods.

“Shortly after the bloodhound arrived, [he] was located … and he was taken into custody,” according to the report.