THE ROSCOE HOLD-UP - Evans Planned the First Robbery San Francisco Chronicle 15 Apr 1894

Story of His Scheme to Escape. The Man Who Helped Now Charged With Burglary at Los Angeles. ".. It was while in jail that Officer Marsh, assisted by J.V. Brighton and Detective Benson, gathered up the threads in the case. .."

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THE ROSCOE HOLD-UP - Evans Planned the First Robbery
San Francisco Chronicle 15 Apr 1894 - SAtf FBAtfCISCO ROOT BOLD - UP Evans Planned...
SAtf FBAtfCISCO ROOT BOLD - UP Evans Planned the First Robbery Story of His Scheme to Escape The Man Who Helped Now Charged With Burglary at Los Angeles Bpecial Dispatch to the Cho - icx - Los Akgeles April 14 A sensational story has been going the rounds to the effect effect that in John Shulter now in jail here on a charge of burglary the authorities have the man who is responsible for the first train robbery at Roscoe station on the night of December 23 1893 It will be remembered that soon after the first robbery Evans made his escape from the County Jail at Fresno and at that time it was stated that the hold - up was planned by Chris Evans and carried out by his pals in order to raise money to defray the outlaws expenses after regaining regaining his liberty It will also be remembered remembered that at the time Evans made his escape escape some man disguised as a tramp flagged the train at Porterville and to the engineer and conductor told a tale of how he had been forced to join a gang which was to hold up tbe train that night The tramps story had the effect of drawing drawing every available officer out of Fresno and that evening Evans and Morrell carried carried out their part of the programme According to the story the man who acted as Chris Evans first lieutenant and who took a leading part in the first robbery robbery and the one who played the part of a tramp is now confined in the County Jail and on Monday morning will be brought before Justice Bartholemew for arraignment arraignment as will Thome Comstock and Fitz - simmons on a complaint charging them with the first robbery Shulter is the man it is said who en gineered the first robbery It is claimed that he was on his way to join Evans when Marshal Gard and his posse put an end to the outlaws career last June at Stone corral After the capture Shulter it is further said managed to see Evans quite frequently frequently in jail at Fresno and what arrangements arrangements could not be talked over between between the two were made by Mrs Evans It was fully planned to rob the train in order to raise funds Evans advised Shulter to come to Los Angeles pick out the confederates and hold up some train in that section from tbe fact that the trains between Bakersfield and Lathrop were carrying guards Shulter arrived here about the 1st of December and succeeded in picking out some pretty good men among whom itls said were Comstock and Thome It is claimed that he did not meet Fitzsim - mons until after the first robbery On the afternoon of December 23d so the story goes Shulter in company with Thome and another party who is still at large left this city for the scene of action in a light spring wagon Shulter rode behind behind and is said to have been identified by three persons living at Burbank They were re - enforced by two men who came along with the train Financially the robbery waj a failure but the escape of Evans was not All the railroad and other detectives were in Los Angeles But there were a few deputy sheriffs to dispose of and it was accordingly planned to fix Thorne up as a tramp and give the railroad company a story about an imaginary robbery to take place near Fresno so as to draw them oft It worked like a charm and Evans assisted by Morrell had but little trouble in overpowering the solitary guard After the escape Shulter planned the second robbery but got too ambitious and went into the burglary business and on January 13th of the present year entered entered the house of W J Bigelow from which he stole about 1000 worth of jewelry jewelry Through the detective work of W A Marsh he was arrested and held to answer answer to the Superior Court It was while he was in jail that Officer Marsh assisted by J V Brighton and Detective Benson gathered up the threads in the case Before he was arrested he had planned to join Evans and together they intended to do some train - robbing He visited Evans house had several talks with his wife and it is said kept up quite a correspondence with Brighton whom he supposed to be with himself and Evans Shulter was in jail at the time of the second robbery boon after he changed his tactics and was more than anxious to go before the Superior Court and plead guilty to the charge of burglary At last nis request was granted and he was to be sentenced Monday but he may be obliged to stand trial on a more serious charge At 730 oclock tnis morning Marshal George E Gard Detective Len Harris Deputy United States Marshal Harry Johnston and J V Brighton having in charge Pat Fitzsimmons John Gomstock and Walt Thorne left for San Fernando where the prisoners were arraigned on a charge of having held up the passenger train on the Southern Pacific on February 15th at Roscoe The preliminary hearing was set for next Friday at which time all the evidence in the case will be brought out The bail has been fixed at 10000 each Shulter was interviewed late this afternoon afternoon and indienantly denied that there was anything in the story which he attributes attributes to the fertile imagination of Detective Detective A W Marsh to whom he owes his present confinement The resemblance resemblance which Shulter is said to bear to Evans is not apparent to every one nor does he tally with the descriptions given of the men who perpetrated the robbery He declares that he does not know Evans and has never had any correspondence with him on any subject He claims that the detectives are so anxious to fasten the crime on some one that they do not care what they say Shulter was cross - examined but he stuck persistently to his denial There are many who believe that he is not in any way connected with the train robbery

Clipped from San Francisco Chronicle15 Apr 1894, SunPage 15

San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, California)15 Apr 1894, SunPage 15
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  • THE ROSCOE HOLD-UP - Evans Planned the First Robbery San Francisco Chronicle 15 Apr 1894 — Story of His Scheme to Escape. The Man Who Helped Now Charged With Burglary at Los Angeles. ".. It was while in jail that Officer Marsh, assisted by J.V. Brighton and Detective Benson, gathered up the threads in the case. .."

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