LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Police in Lawrenceville said charges have now been filed against a South Carolina man arrested as part of the search for an Allendale, SC homicide suspect.

According to Lawrenceville Police Department Chief Jim White, Evan W. Cave was arrested the night of the initial search which was kicked off following a tip from law enforcement in Allendale, South Carolina. Cave was reportedly arrested following a traffic stop.

The search was for Johnathan Torell Kelly who is wanted on a homicide charge out of South Carolina, and was observed in the Lawrenceville area before a pursuit had numerous agencies searching for Kelly.

Court documents show that Cave faces charges related to assisting a fugitive in evading capture. “Defendant, knowing Jonathan(sic) T. Kelly was wanted for the charge of homicide, and with intent to prevent Jonathan(sic) T. Kelly’s apprehension, aided Jonathan(sic) T. Kelly from apprehension by driving Jonathan(sic) Kelly in a vehicle and fleeing from peace officer Nick Earnst,” the charging document reads.

The Lawrence County State’s Attorney, Brady Waldrop, also noted in the document that Cave was violent during his arrest, kicking at an officer and reportedly threatening the officer’s life as he was being arrested.

A check of Illinois court records shows Cave has been charged with the following;

  • Aggravated battery of a peace officer
    • A class 2 felony
  • Threatening a public official
    • A class 3 felony
  • Concealing or aiding a fugitive
    • A class 4 felony
  • Resisting or obstructing a peace officer
    • A class A misdemeanor
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer
    • A class A misdemeanor

Read the full charging document below;