The Pryor Times

October 31, 2013

Hostage situation results in kidnapping charge

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Authorities responded to a call that a Vietnam veteran was allegedly holding his girlfriend hostage Monday.

Mayes County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Treat responded to the call east of Chouteau at approximately 9:30 a.m.

“We received information that Edward Jones was holding a female hostage since last night. The female sent text messages to her daughter saying she was being held against her will. When the woman did not show up for work this morning, a call was made to us,” said Treat.

Treat said authorities suspect Jones was holding the woman hostage because he had seen her kissing their landlord.

“Jones was contacted by phone and he came out of the residence on his own. Once police became involved, he realized he didn’t want to be a part of it so he voluntarily came out,” said Treat.

Once inside the home, Treat said law enforcement found several firearms.

Treat said anticipated charges include kidnapping, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony and domestic assault and battery.

The final charges as filed in the court clerk's office show three counts: kidnapping, domestic assault and battery, and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction. The information alleges that Jones held his girlfriend in their home against her will. He allegedly struck her, grabbed her  legs and pinned her on the bed. Jones allegedly grabbed her around the neck twice and backhanded her across the left side of her face, according to the information. Inside the home, authorities found five rifles and one pistol in the south bedroom.

Jones made his initial appearance in Mayes County District Court Tuesday before Judge Rebecca Gore. Gore informed the defendant that felony kidnapping charges carry a sentence of no less than 20 years and up to life and possession of a firearm after two or more felony convictions carries up to life.

Gore continued the case to Dec. 5.

“This is a serious situation,” said Assistant District Attorney Glen Dresback. “He had numerous weapons. He was threatening to shoot up the American Legion and the female victim.”

Dresback said the SWAT team and other agencies were called to the scene. The state requested bond be set at $250,000. Gore agreed and Jones was remanded to the custody of the Mayes County Jail.

Jones has a prior record that includes driving under the influence of alcohol and  possession of a firearm while on probation.