Monday, April 15, 2024

Have you seen this man? Police believe he sex trafficked women

Evan Anthony Cole, 29 (WYDaily/Courtesy of WPD)
Evan Anthony Cole, 29 (WYDaily/Courtesy of WPD)

Williamsburg Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man accused of abducting and forcing two women into prostitution.

Police are searching for 29-year-old Evan Anthony Cole, of Williamsburg, police wrote in a news release Friday.

Cole is charged with two felony counts of sex trafficking, two felony counts of abduction, two felony counts of robbery, one felony count of strangulation, and two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery.

According to the news release, police were called to a hotel in the 300 block of York Street around 9:30 a.m. Friday after receiving a call about a suspicious incident.

The two women alleged they were abducted and forced into prostitution
by Cole. Police said the women also alleged Cole choked, assaulted and robbed them.

Cole is about 6-foot-2 and weighs approximately 190 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and distinguishing tattoos on his face, neck and hands.

According to court records, Cole has a history dating back several years. He was previously convicted of assault and battery of a family member and forcing a person to remain in a criminal gang.

Evan Anthony Cole, 26 (WYDaily/Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

He was also accused of assaulting a woman on the side of the road in James City County in February 2017.

Williamsburg Police consider Cole to be dangerous, but don’t believe he is armed.

Those who see Cole should err on the side of caution and not approach him, police spokesman Officer John Heilman said. Those who see him should immediately call law enforcement.

Anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of Cole should contact police at 757-220-6238 or call the
Peninsula Crime Line at 888 LOCK-U-UP.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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