On the morning of July 10th, Richmond Police responded to a Turpin Drive residence to investigate an alleged robbery. Police say the victim reported the male suspect forcibly took money from her and, while fleeing the scene, struck her with a vehicle causing visible injuries. The victim identified the suspect as 51 year-old William D. Jones of Richmond, KY.
Officers were unable to locate Jones that day but they did obtain an arrest warrant for 1st degree Robbery. On July 19th around 10:20 PM, Richmond Police attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle involved in a disturbance at a local business. The vehicle operator reportedly refused to yield, and officers were forced to terminate the pursuit for safety reasons.
During the investigation, officers were able to obtain information identifying the operator of the fleeing vehicle as Jones. In the early morning hours of July 20th, Jones was once again observed operating the same vehicle with no headlights on Baker Court.
When the officer attempted to stop Jones, police say he again failed to yield, instigating another pursuit. The pursuit led officers to the area of Old Wilderness Trail, where Jones abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Jones was quickly apprehended and placed under arrest.
Police discovered three passengers in the vehicle Jones was operating. The passengers told police they pleaded for Jones to let them exit the vehicle during the pursuit, but he refused and would not allow them to exit safely.
Jones was transported to the Madison County Detention Center where he was charged with two counts of 1st Degree Fleeing & Evading Police, four counts of 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree Unlawful Imprisonment, 2nd Degree Fleeing & Evading Police, and Reckless Driving. Additionally, a warrant was executed for a 1st Degree Robbery charge.