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Armed robbery suspect apprehended inside wall

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Jason Jones
Seventeen days after allegedly committing an armed robbery in rural Hardy, a suspect, Jason Madrid Jones, 32, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at a residence in Ozark Acres. Jones was charged with Aggravated Robbery.

According to a news release from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, officers responded to a tip that Jones was hiding at the Bonnie Cantrell residence. At the scene, Jones was found hiding in a wall inside the home. As he was being taken into custody, Jones spit out a piece of a plastic glove that reportedly contained a green leafy substance that was suspected to be marijuana.

An investigation began on Dec. 17, when Shane Gonzalez reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint after coming up on a truck that appeared to be broken down in the roadway on Griffin Road in Hardy.

Gonzalez told dispatch that he had stopped by Griffin Bridge when a man wearing a ski mask came out from under the truck, tapped on his window and, with a shotgun in hand, demanded that he get out of his truck. Gonzalez said the suspect then robbed him of his wallet, $102 cash in his pocket and his cell phone.

In an Dec. 18 interview with Sharp County Deputy Gerald Traw, the victim said the robber used the phone to make a call to a man he called "Bubba. After identifying himself as "J.J.." the man told the caller he needed a place to stay. He then left in Gonzalez's truck, forcing him to walk to his home to call the police about the armed robbery.

On Dec. 18, Traw interviewed a witness in the case. Jeremy Campbell, a friend of Gonzalez who was with him when the robbery occurred. Campbell said the man with the shotgun came into the road with the gun tied to his arm, pointed it at the the two. Campbell said the man demanded both men's cell phones, said he did not have any money and ordered Gonzalez to dial a number for him. Campbell said the robber took "$150 that Shane had in his wallet."

Campbell's story went on to state that the robber then drove a circle and came back and parked close to the bridge, making two more calls with the victim's phone before calling someone to come pick him up. Campbell said, when the person drove up, he recognized him and as a man named Wayne Houghton. As the robber was about to leave, Campbell said he took off his ski mask asked he and Gonzalez to look away. The two told the deputy they believed the suspect to be Jason Jones. The man put the two out of their truck and left with the man believed to be Houghton following the vehicle.

On Dec. 2, Sharp County Detective Dale Weaver spoke with Wayne Houghton about the incident. Houghton confirmed that on Dec. 17 he received a call from an unknown number. After answering it, he said it was J.J. and he wanted Houghton to pick him up at Griffin Bridge.

Houghton went on to explain that once he arrived, Jones (J.J), let two passengers out of a dark colored small truck. Houghton said he drove down a ways ,and J.J. told him he didn't need him anymore and he could go on his way. Houghton positively identified Jones in a photo line up of six photos as the man who he met that night at the bridge. Jones first court appearance was on (???) before District Judge Mark Johnson. His bond was set at $20,000 . Jones also faces an absconder warrant for a parole violation.



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