A Cedar Rapids man who was charged last month with killing a woman in her garage and then setting it on fire now is charged in another burglary and arson.
The latest charges against Timothy Evans, 38, stem from a fire on a houseboat last year.
Evans was charged Wednesday in Linn County District Court with second-degree burglary and second-degree arson. He is accused of breaking into 2411 Houseboat Ct. NW on Nov. 5 and taking items from the houseboat before starting a fire with an “explosive or incendiary device or dangerous weapon,” according to a criminal complaint.
A cigarette butt found in the kitchen area of the houseboat was analyzed for DNA that matched Evans, according to the complaint. Evans was interviewed about the burglary and couldn’t explain why he would be on the houseboat.
Evans, who was homeless at the time of his arrest and has been in the Linn County Jail since May 1, made his initial appearance on this charge by video from the jail Wednesday. He is under a $2 million bail. Since Evans’ arrest, police have continued to look into similar burglaries for any possible connection to him.
Evans was charged May 1 with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and first-degree arson in the fatal assault of Gina Frederiksen, 38, of Cedar Rapids. It occurred at 7:34 a.m. April 29 at 1814 I St. SW. Evans is accused of breaking into her detached garage and killing the mother of three.
Neighbors called 911 after hearing an explosion. Upon arrival, officer Kevin Lukan pulled a unresponsive Frederiksen from the garage. She was given emergency medical care but died a short time later at the hospital, police said.
Two witnesses told police Tuesday that Evans described how he killed Frederiksen, moments after it happened, and he admitted setting the fire in attempt to cover up the crime, according to the complaint.
The investigation concluded it was a random garage burglary that turned into a robbery and slaying.
Judge Russell Keast of the 6th Judicial Associate District had released Evans on his own recognizance April 27, pending trial on a burglary charge involving a vehicle April 15.
Evans also was charged with an attempted burglary before Frederiksen’s death, at 4:38 a.m. at 2101 Haven Court SW. That is just south of Fredriksen’s home.
The homeowner, Shelly Matthess, told the Gazette last month that she saw Evans trying to get into her house. He left her fenced in backyard, but she said she got into her car and looked for him in the neighborhood but didn’t find Evans. l Comments: (319) 398-8318; email@example.com