A 58 year old man, accused of raping and stalking a female shopper at Walmart, has been arrested by Smithville Police.
William M. Jones, charged with rape and stalking, is under a $30,000 bond and he will be in court July 11. According to police, Lieutenant Detective Matt Holmes was called in on Sunday, June 30 to investigate a possible rape and stalking that occurred at Wal-Mart. Upon investigation it was determined Jones allegedly raped the victim (at the store) on Wednesday, June 26. Four days later on Sunday June 30, Jones was found to be allegedly stalking the victim (at the store) and making vulgar sexual comments to her. Officers were able to locate Jones on the scene and made the arrest.
According to the warrant on the rape charge, Jones allegedly put his hand down the woman's pants and held her by the arms, not letting her go. After telling him to stop several times, the woman was able to break his grip at which time he allegedly pulled up her shirt and bra.
The warrant on the stalking charge states that on June 30 at Walmart, Jones can be seen on video following her around the store. He did make vulger sexual comments to her and at one point grabbed her shopping cart and arm and stopped her, preventing her from leaving.
Meanwhile, in other cases, Andy Joe Certain was cited for two counts of simple possession on Friday, June 21. Chief Randy Caplinger said police were called to the Wal-Mart parking lot due to possible drug activity. Certain was said to be selling drugs to two other people. Upon arrival, the officer found Certain walking in the back of the parking lot. Three pill vials were found on Certains' person. In one vial, the officer found 12.5 yellow pills believed to be Dilaudid and in the other two vials 9 green pills were found believed to be morphine. Certain didn't have a prescription for any of the pills. His court date is July 11.
36 year old Jermaine D McCoy was cited for open container. On Monday, June 24 McCoy was stopped for a traffic violation at which time the officer found an open beer in the cup holder. His court date is July 24.
50 year old Edward Lee Judkins was arrested for violation of probation and cited for simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Friday, June 28 Judkins was stopped for a traffic violation and upon a computer check through Central Dispatch it was discovered there was a warrant against him for violation of probation. A search of the vehicle turned up two baggies with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana along with rolling papers, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia. His court date is July 25.
48 year old Ronda Inez Butler was arrested for DUI on Sunday, June 30. Police say Butler was operating a motor vehicle and was stopped for expired and improper display of tag. She allegedly had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on her person. According to police, her eyes were glazed over and she performed poorly on sobriety tasks. She submitted to a blood test. In a statement to WJLE, Butler denied being intoxicated, saying the DUI charge was not justified. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court July 25.
29 year old Erik Cortes Suarez was arrested for a second offense of driving under the influence on Sunday, June 30. Police were dispatched to the red-light at East Broad Street and South Congress Boulevard to check on a person passed out at the wheel of a motor vehicle in the roadway. The officer woke Suarez who had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. He had blood shot eyes and was unsteady on his feet when he exited the vehicle. Suarez submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. His bond is $3000 and his court date is July 25.
38 year old Christopher Alan Scruggs was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Scruggs was stopped for a traffic violation and a search of his vehicle produced a hypodermic needle with a yellow substance believed to be Dilaudid which was found in the console. His court date is August 1.
24 year old Lila Renee Nadi was cited for simple possession and drug paraphernalia. Police received a tip of a possible meth lab at Nadi's residence. Upon a search, a small bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found. She will be in court July 11.
27 year old Juanita Ann Young was cited for shoplifting on Wednesday, July 3. Young was observed putting items in her purse in an attempt to deprive Dollar General of its merchandise. Her court date is August 8.
Anyone with information on any criminal activity is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.
Any information received that will help Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.