Center woman who allegedly set fire while in custody, tried to escape indicted

Center woman who allegedly set fire while in custody, tried to escape indicted

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A Shelby County grand jury has indicted a woman who allegedly set two fires while she was in police custody and tried to escape after one of the incidents.

Katina Evans, 39, is still being held in the Shelby County Jail on a first-degree felony arson charge, a second-degree felony arson charge, and a third-degree escape charge. Collectively, her bond amount has been set at $135,000 for the charges.

According to the indictments, Evans was in custody at the Center Police Department when she lit trash and a toilet paper roll on fire on June 26. Then she allegedly escaped and was caught a short time later.

One of the indictments stated that Evans started another fire on July 6. She allegedly set bedding and a uniform on fire while she was in custody at the Shelby County Jail.

According to a press release from the Center Police Department, Evans was originally arrested on a public intoxication charge on June 26. The press release gave more information on what happened.

Evans allegedly used a cigarette lighter she had smuggled into her cell to start a small fire with toilet paper and towels on June 26. Karen Shields, a Center PD dispatcher, quickly put the fire out. The fire caused minimal damage, the press release stated.

"All inmates were evacuated to fresh air and were evaluated by ACE EMS," the press release stated. 'Meanwhile, the Center Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene, assessed the incident, and ventilated the jail."

As Evans was being escorted to safety, she allegedly tried to escape by running out the back door of the jail. She headed toward the rear parking lot entrance, the press release stated.

According to the press release, a Center PD sergeant and an officer caught her after a taser was deployed. The Taser did not penetrate Evans' clothing, the press release stated.

Evans was on probation at the time of her escape attempt on June 26, the press release stated.

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