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Woman arrested for allegedly striking former partner in the head with porcelain figurine

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon woman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly striking a man in the head with a porcelain figurine.

Deon Jones, 46, was arrested for domestic battery, third offense, a felony, related to an incident that allegedly occurred Wednesday, Sept. 2.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Sgt. T.A. Posey with the Buckhannon Police Department, on Sept. 2, Posey responded to a Camden Avenue residence in reference to a domestic incident.

Once at the residence Jones’s father told Posey she was in the bathroom, and when she came out, Posey saw blood smeared all over her face and noticed a small cut on her finger. Posey took a written statement from Jones and during the interview she kept saying, “I don’t want to go to jail,” according to the file. Posey thought this was peculiar since he was under the impression she was the victim, he noted in the report.

According to the report, the small cut was straight and clean and didn’t appear to be caused by gravel as Jones had claimed. While Posey was in the midst of taking the statement, the Upshur E911 Communication Center put out a call in reference to a bleeding male at a Pocahontas Street residence.

After leaving Camden Avenue, Posey spoke with a member of Upshur EMS and was told they treated a man on a porch on Pocahontas Street for a head wound. According to the file, the Pocahontas Street residence was the scene of a domestic incident that allegedly occurred between the victim and Jones, who were former cohabitating partners.

There was a large amount of blood pooled in front of a chair on the porch, and Posey reportedly saw multiple small pieces of broken porcelain scattered and a large piece of porcelain covered in blood, the file says. However, the victim and homeowner were not present.

According to the report, Posey went back to the Camden Avenue residence, and Jones’s father said Jones, the victim and Jones’s son just walked down the alley. Posey located all three and asked the victim what happened. He refused to cooperate and instead told Posey he walked into a pole, the criminal complaint says. However, Jones’s son said the victim called him and informed him that Jones allegedly hit him in the head.

The victim was covered in blood and his head wound had been bandaged by EMS. The report says Posey “took all the statements and evidence into consideration,” and he determined Jones had allegedly struck the victim in the head with a porcelain figurine. Jones has two prior convictions of domestic battery in Upshur County with conviction dates of March 3, 2015 and May 5, 2016.

Although she has not yet been convicted, she was charged with third-offense domestic assault involving a different victim on Aug. 26, according to a previous My Buckhannon story.

Bail was set at $25,000, and as of Saturday afternoon, Jones remained incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

The possible penalty for a conviction of third-offense domestic battery is confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than five years and the court may impose a fine ranging from $3,000 to $5,000.

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