John Jones, 28, was arraigned Oct. 4 at First District Court in Hempstead. Judge Eric Bjorneby ordered him held without bail after he was charged with being a fugitive from justice. He will appear again in a Nassau courtroom on Oct. 7.
Members of the US Marshals New York-New Jersey Regional Task Force and Nassau County Police Fugitive Section nabbed Jones at 6:45 a.m. inside a home at 20 James LL Burell Ave. Detectives said he had open arrest warrants in Stewart County, Ga., on charges of assaulting a police officer, eluding a police officer, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
On Aug. 18, authorities in Georgia were trying to locate Jones and question him in connection with a burglary, when an acquaintance contacted police and informed officers that he saw Jones driving through the town of Richland, according to Richland Police Chief Robbie Wells. Jones was reportedly driving a white Chevrolet Tahoe as he passed through the town of about 1,800 people.
“My officer saw [his] Tahoe and pursued it,” Wells told Examiner.com in a telephone interview. After the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Jones allegedly fled and “flew through town at 100 mph.”
The police chief said Jones continued to lead cops on a high-speed pursuit through residential areas, crashed into a fence, rammed a police car and finally took off on foot after police pushed his SUV into a ditch. A police officer was injured during the incident.
Once he is extradited back to Georgia, Jones will face charges of burglary, aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident and eluding police.
A confidential informant notified Richland police that Jones might have fled to Hempstead to live with his girlfriend, Wells said. “Once we got wind of it, I called the US Marshals and asked for their help.”