Roadblock nets alleged fugitive

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, August 11, 2015




The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department recently arrested a Picayune man with outstanding felony warrants, including two counts of grand larceny and two counts of commercial burglary, after he fled from a local bonding company last month, Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said.

On July 28, deputies discovered 29-year-old George Austin Jones, address unknown, during a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Hwy. 43 S. and Stafford Rd. At 12:30 a.m., a beige Chevy Malibu approached the checkpoint. At that time, deputies noticed both the driver and passenger appeared extremely nervous. The passenger, later identified as Jones, was allegedly lying on the back seat attempting to cover his face with his hat, Tucker said.

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At that time, deputies asked for proof of identification. Jones responded by giving an identification card of a black male. Since Jones is white, the discrepancy alerted further suspicion of the deputies, Tucker said.

Through their initial investigation of the case, deputies discovered Jones’ identity and took him into custody for previous arrest warrants, Tucker said.

The Picayune Item reported on July 9 that Jones was arrested on July 2 for his alleged involvement in two commercial burglaries. Through investigation of the case, detectives learned Jones was also allegedly involved in a residential burglary and car theft. Deputies arrested Jones on July 2 after receiving a tip from an eyewitness who reportedly saw Jones burglarizing a business. Jones was in custody until he made bond. After he made bond, he allegedly fled from the local bonding company in a stolen 2013 Ford F-150 at 51 Pine Grove Rd., and headed to New Orleans, La., Tucker said in a previous story.

At the July 28 stop, deputies also arrested the driver in the Chevy Malibu, 37-year-old Nathan Kritzman of 47 A. Roy Rd. after discovering marijuana and stolen tools inside the vehicle, Tucker said.

Jones was additionally charged with receiving stolen property, false identifying information and possession of paraphernalia, after officers found a hypodermic needle and paraphernalia on his person, Tucker said.

Kritzman was charged with receiving stolen property, DUI, possession of marijuana, switched car tags and possession of paraphernalia, Tucker said.

Nathan’s bond has been set at a total of $28,000. Jones’ previous bonds were revoked. His current bond totals $80,000, Tucker said.