Richmond Police officers recently responded to a claim from a Jackson County woman that she had been beaten and held at gunpoint by a Sandgap man. The female subject informed police that they were in the Berea Road area of Richmond at the time of the call.
Upon arrival to the location, officers activated their emergency lights after they got behind the suspect’s vehicle. According to police, the vehicle began to flee from the area which initiated a pursuit.
Further reading of the arrest citation indicates that the suspect, later identified as Stephen Jones, was driving at speeds in excess of 80 mph and driving in the opposite lane of travel. Other motorists had to reportedly slow down and swerve out of the way to avoid being struck by Jones’ vehicle.
Following the brief pursuit, Jones stopped his car near Kingston Elementary. Authorities say when they investigated the vehicle, they discovered a rifle, ammunition, an open alcoholic beverage, and marijuana. It was determined by officers that Jones was manifestly under the influence.
Jones was then arrested and transported to Baptist Health Richmond for blood tests, and for medical clearance as he previously told officers that he had consumed approximately nine Hydrocodone tablets.
According to the victim, she had been held against her will for hours by Jones, where she had a gun held to her head and ribs. She added that the rifle was jabbed into her side when she refused to follow Jones’ directions. Officers observed marks on the victim’s body which corresponded with her claims.
While talking to authorities, the victim also stated that she had been shot at by Jones at the time of her kidnapping. KSP Troopers later investigated the victim’s residence where they found a bullet hole in the location the victim stated she was shot at.
Police later learned that Jones was a convicted felon for several offenses including Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Theft By Unlawful Taking.
Jones was transported to the Madison County Detention Center where he was charged with Kidnapping, 2nd Degree Assault, 1st Degree Fleeing Police, 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, 3rd Degree Terroristic Threatening, Possession of Marijuana, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, and Reckless Driving.