Valley purse snatching suspect Stephanie Carol Evans appears in court

PHOENIX - It’s a memorable video: Stephanie Carol Evans and her son running from the cops Friday night.

Police say the pair were trying to steal a purse; she ended up in cuffs, her son got a lecture.

A cell phone video taken by a witness shows a police officer leading Evans’ son out in handcuffs and telling him, “this is what happens when you run from the cops!”

And now this morning, Evans received a lecture of her own.

“The court finds that the proof is evident, or the presumption great, that you committed these charges and that you did so while under release from a previous felony matter. Therefore in this case, that makes you non-bondable,” said the judge to Evans.

Even before Friday night's purse-snatching, Evans already had two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court on charges of shoplifting and theft. Her excuse for failing to appear in court?

“I explained to them that I was in the hospital, and they said bring in the paperworks where they admitted me, because they were doing an emergency ‘MRR’ on me. But my daughter unfortunately got kidnapped, and I have the officer's information because that's why I got out of the hospital to find out what happened to my daughter,” explained Evans to the judge.

Evans is now facing a numerous charges: theft, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, running from the police, and endangerment charges, as well as those warrants for failing to appear in her previous cases. 

A preliminary hearing for Evans is scheduled for next week.

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