The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a Fairmont man in Florida who faces a sexual abuse trial in Marion County.
U.S. Marshals arrested Daniel Jones, 57, Monday morning in Bonifay, Florida, according to a press release. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department was looking for Jones after he failed to appear on the final days of his trial. Jones faces multiple charges of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust and first degree sexual abuse.
Jones is accused of molesting a girl under the age of 12, according to a press release. The Marshals Service said the incidents happened between December 2014 and June 2015 in Rivesville.
On November 15, 2018, Jones was free on bond during his trial. Jones took the stand in his own defense that afternoon, but he failed to appear the following day, according to a press release. A judge then issued a bench warrant for Jones’ arrest.
On November 16, law enforcement in Harrison County responded to a 911 call in Enterprise, near Jones’ Garage and Tire Service, in which gunshots could be heard during the call, according to the Marshals Service. Harrison County deputies then found Jones’ truck with what appeared to be bullet holes in the windshield and a small amount of blood inside. After this incident, detectives in Harrison County treated Jones as a missing person, according to a press release.
On November 20, law enforcement requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service. Over the next two months, the Marshals Service conducted interviews and investigated multiple leads, including Saturday, when it learned that Jones was in Florida. After contacting the U.S. Marshals Service in the Northern District of Florida Monday morning, marshals found Jones within hours and arrested him without incident, according to a press release.
Jones will appear in court in Florida before extradition to West Virginia. He will be held in the Holmes County Jail.