More details came to light Tuesday stemming from the ramming of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruiser on Monday at a gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive:
- A 15- and 16-year-old accused in the case are due in court again May 3
- Suspect Nikeas Jones, 20, was released from prison in February on stolen vehicles convictions
- Suspect Sha’ King Jones, 19, has 21 misdemeanor or felony cases as a juvenile
UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (April 24): The 15- and 16-year-olds were in Montgomery County Juvenile Court on Tuesday, where Judge Anthony Capizzi told them additional charges are likely, especially if investigators determine that one of them was driving a stolen Toyota Carolla involved in the incident.
A stolen car was used to ram a Montgomery County Sheriff’s cruiser in the parking lot of a Valero gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive.
As deputies approached the stolen vehicle, parked in the lot of the Valero, the driver noticed the deputies, got back in the vehicle and sped off, striking the patrol vehicle, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
There were no injuries reported.
Capizzi entered denials on their behalf and announced their appointed defense attorneys.
Family members were in court for the 15-year-old. Capizzi said that teenager already was in treatment court and has a record.
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No one was there for the 16-year-old, whom Capizzi told, "Your record is only 13 pages long. Congratulations."
The judge said, "This was a very serious case. It's not just stealing a car. … Someone stole a car, tried to escape, drove in to a police cruiser to escape and then hit a bunch of over cars.
“You know that's going to mean a lot more charges against somebody,” he said. “I don't know who the driver was."
Five arrests have been made, including Sha’King Jones, 19, and Nikeas Jones, 20. Both remain in the Montgomery County Jail. Sha’King Jones is being detained on suspicion of felonious assault. Nikeas Jones is being detained on suspicion of obstructing official business.
Sha’ King Jones had just been released from Pickaway Correctional Institution on Feb. 13, according to Montgomery County court records. He had been sentenced to 18 months for robbery, grand theft and receiving stolen property, all involving stolen vehicles including a 2009 Volvo XC90, a 2003 Buick Century and a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.
He has no felony criminal record in Montgomery County as an adult, but 21 misdemeanor or felony cases as a juvenile.
Nikeas Jones, in a January 2017 pro se motion for judicial release, wrote, "I understand and I'm truly sorry for the mistakes that I have made. I acted out of immaturity and was lead[sic] down the wrong path by engaging in activities with the wrong crowd."
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He said in the letter he was in a drug/alcohol program, that he planned to get his G.E.D and seek gainful employment to become self-supportive.
"I have challenged myself to use the tools that I have acquired, the knowledge and experience I have obtained to improve on the nature of my character and become a productive citizen of society."
Judge Mary Katherine Huffman denied Nikeas Jones’s motion. It was "untimely filed," she said.
There is no information about the fifth person arrested.
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