Pettis County Sheriff’s Office deputies along with Sedalia Police Department officers and members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol apprehended a suspect who fled on foot while being taken into custody by a Pettis County bailiff Tuesday morning outside the Pettis County Courthouse.
Law enforcement officials captured Jeremiah Jones, 35, of the 36000 block of state Route M in Sedalia, shortly after 11 a.m. at 420 E. Third St.
Jones escaped custody shortly before 10 a.m. and headed south on foot toward Massachusetts Avenue. Sheriff Kevin Bond said Jones was making an appearance in court when the court bailiff noticed he had an outstanding warrant for another matter. The bailiff attempted to take Jones into custody when a struggle ensued and Jones escaped from the courthouse.
After an hour-long manhunt in the downtown Sedalia area, police received a phone call that the suspect was sighted near St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, at 415 E. Fourth St.
Jones was found hiding under a couch in a house on East Third Street, according to Pettis County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Cline.
Jones has a criminal history including assault, domestic assault, theft, property damage, trespassing, drug possession and identity theft. He also has a history of fleeing from law enforcement — in fact, he was attending a hearing for a resisting/interfering with arrest charge from Sept. 22 when he fled the courthouse Tuesday. According to Case.net, new conditions of release for that charge have been changed to a $10,000 bond, cash or surety.
Jones also had an active warrant for a probation violation stemming from a July 2012 first degree property damage charge, with a bond of $2,000 cash or $2,500 surety.
Case.net states a warrant for Jones’ arrest was issued Tuesday for four counts of non-support — two in January 2014 and one in January 2015 and July 2015 — with a $25,000 bond, cash or surety.
Jones was taken into custody Tuesday morning and transported to the Pettis County Jail to be placed on a 24-hour hold where officials are seeking an additional charge of felony resisting arrest, according to Cline.