Newport News man arrested for wife assault, child abuse

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Newport News police have arrested a man for assaulting his wife, as well as child neglect and abuse of his four children.

On July 20, 2012, shortly after 12 p.m., police responded to the 400 block of Michael Irvin Drive to a report of a domestic situation.

Officials say when officers arrived, they determined that a verbal altercation between the suspect and his 38-year-old wife had escalated to a physical assault on the wife.

Officers learned that, during the fight, the suspect placed a handgun in the hands of the victim as well as in the hands of each of his four children – ages 2, 3, 15, and 17. In each case, the suspect told the person with the gun to pull the trigger. 

The wife received visible injuries during the altercation. However, she did not require immediate medical attention.

The firearm was located and seized as evidence by Newport News police.

Police arrested 43-year-old Charles Randolph Evans, Jr. He is charged with one count each of brandishing a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm, and assault on a family member. He also faces four counts of child abuse and neglect.

Evans was placed in the custody of the Newport News City Jail. He was also served an emergency protective order.

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