Suspect in Domestic Violence Incident Involving Handgun Identified

Criminal charges are pending against Robert L. Jones. Three handguns and seven rifles and shotguns were discovered in his apartment.

The suspect who was apprehended following a domestic violence incident involving a handgun Tuesday morning has been identified.

Robert L. Jones, 55, was involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend in their apartment on the 200 West block of Bay Avenue. During the dispute, Jones allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a handgun, Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Ocean City Police Chief Chad Callahan announced late Tuesday afternoon.

His girlfriend managed to escape the situation and call 9-1-1. At about 8:21 a.m., Ocean City Police Officers set up a perimeter around the apartment. 

The Cape May County Regional SWAT Team, the County Hostage Negotiation Team, and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the scene to assist.

At about 9:40 a.m., members of the Ocean City Police Department and the County SWAT Team apprehended Jones without incident.

Jones was transported to the Ocean City Police Department. Criminal charges are pending.

Detectives from the Prosecutor's Office and officers from the Ocean City Police Department then exercised a search warrant on Jones' apartment. They seized three handguns and seven rifles and shotguns.
OC4EVER April 15, 2014 at 10:09 PM
To OCnjOC - you are absolutely correct. In fact, that incident caused the dept to change their policy on domestic violence calls.
vic April 16, 2014 at 12:33 AM
in that incident several years ago, if I recall correctly, the suspect was already under arrest when he pulled out the gun. it was more a case of the suspect not being properly search after he was apprehended.
Richard Jacoby April 16, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Perhaps they should have dropped a fire bomb on the roof and smoked him out. Hell maybe they should handle every call this way, if the house has a gun in it. I totally forgot that in NJ it's illegal to own guns. I haven't seen any report that their was any threat made to authorities at all. The girlfriend said he threatened her and this is a common practice in domestic augments, because it's a sure fire way to get the guy arrested. It doesn't appear they ascertained the situation at all before going loco. Must be a slow winter for the cops. Unless the author is a horrible reporter, the only one brandishing of a weapon was law enforcement and they felt the need for automatic assault rifles. Basically, I could report that you or anyone else threaten me with a gun and the police wouldn't investigate. They would simply call in the militia. They had the guy in custody in a little over an hour after the first call. How much time does it take to mobilize county swat and hostage negotiators? Trust me, if the guy had made threats or brandished a weapon, the cops would have released that info. He was taken into custody without incident means exactly that.
Will Cochrane April 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM
OCnjOC, that incident happened AT THE POLICE STATION because of an improper search. Coming into any home with an arrest warrant for a possibly armed suspect is going to have cops making sure they see hands. Your scenario would never happen if handcuffs and proper frisks were used. Still doesn't justify military tactics. Call the negotiators just in case? So if I have my music up too loud and a neighbor calls the police should I expect hostage negotiators? You know, just in case? He was the only one in the house! She left the residence and called the police from a neighbors house! It's pretty obvious that if he was violent he would not have let her leave or the incident would have been taking place at the neighbor's house or on the street. This is cut and dry a major show of force by a municipal PD. This should bother anyone who was alive to remember what a neighborhood police officer was 40 years ago.


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