Sting results in arrest of wanted man in Vernon County - KOAM TV 7

Sting results in arrest of wanted man in Vernon County

A Vernon County deputy leads teh suspect ouf of the field he ran to. A Vernon County deputy leads teh suspect ouf of the field he ran to.
Dustin Jones Dustin Jones


Another fugitive from justice is behind bars today. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, Dustin Jones, who was wanted on a no-bond felony warrant ran from Sheriff’s Deputies last week. The Sheriff said they had been actively searching for Jones since then. Jones was arrested today after an undercover Deputy contacted Jones about buying a truck Jones was trying to sell on the internet. Jones had a family member meet the Deputy near Dearfield and take the Deputy to where Jones was waiting with the truck in the Richards area. What Jones didn’t know is that there were seven Sheriff’s Deputies following from a distance. Once the undercover Deputy was at the location in Richards, Dustin Jones, thinking the undercover Deputy was someone from Joplin interested in buying the truck came outside. Once the undercover Deputy verified the person was in fact Jones, Deputies moved in to make the arrest. The undercover Deputy told Jones he was with the Sheriff’s Office and that he was under arrest as multiple Sheriff’s vehicles came pulling up. Jones then tried to run but was grabbed by the undercover Deputy. Jones pushed the Deputy off of him and ran on foot into some nearby woods, but the Deputy chased him on foot, along with other Deputies who had just arrived and apprehended him a few hundred yards into the woods.

After Jones was in custody, Deputies found drug paraphernalia, and a small bag of crystal meth on Jones. When asked why he had drugs on him, Jones replied that he knew better because he was in drug court. Jones is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a no-bond warrant. Mosher said his Office plans to submit charges of resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer, and possession of a controlled substance. The Sheriff’s Office had recently distributed t-shirts with the slogan “you can run, but you will only go to jail tired.” Sheriff Mosher said Jones did run, and he did go to jail tired.

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