On July 22nd, 2014 at 10:07 p.m. the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department was called to the 900 block of Peony Drive in unincorporated Belleville in regards to a female subject being restrained inside her bathroom by her husband. It was reported the victim was able to free herself from her restraints and fled to a neighboring residence to notify police. The victim further reported her husband sprayed lighter fluid throughout the residence prior to her fleeing.
Deputies Kiwan Guyton and Jason Moyer arrived and began to assist the victim. The victim reported she was tied up and bound with extension cords and clothing items. She also reported a knife was held to her throat. The victim advised her car was missing from her driveway. Deputy Moyer walked to her residence and could smell a strong odor of a flammable substance coming from inside the residence. Northwest Fire Department responded to secure the residence. The victim identified the suspect as the following:
Robert A. Jones III
B/M (33 y/o)
Deputies checked the residence for Robert Jones III but he was not located. During the check for Robert A. Jones III a firearm was located inside the residence. On July 23rd, 2014 at 12:31 a.m., Robert A. Jones III came to the St. Clair County Jail and was taken into custody by Deputy Sean McPeak. The victim’s vehicle was located at an address in the Belleville area.
Investigator Scott Toth was assigned the investigation. After concluding the investigation, the case was submitted to States’ Attorney Brendan Kelly’s office. After reviewing the case, Robert A. Jones III was charged with ATTEMPTED AGGRAVATED ARSON (Class 1 Felony), AGGRAVATED UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT (Class 3 Felony), FIREARM/FOID INVALID/NOT ELIG (Class 3 Felony-Prior Domestic Battery Conviction), and DOMESTIC BATTERY-SUBSEQUENT (Class 4 Felony). Judge Fiss set bond at $50,000. Robert A. Jones III is currently in the custody of the St. Clair County Jail.
Sheriff Richard Watson praised Deputy Guyton, Moyer, and McPeak for actively pursuing suspects and protecting victims’ of domestic battery.
Required by the Illinois Supreme Court:
All suspects are considered innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Captain Scott Weymouth
St. Clair County Sheriff’s Dept