This sex offender pointed a gun at a woman and tried to assault her. He’s now headed to prison

Jarod Jones (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
Jarod Jones (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 43-year-old registered sex offender who authorities say pointed a gun at a woman in a bathroom at Tidewater Community College here and tried to assault her last year, will serve some time in prison.

Jarod Jamale Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a firearm by a violent felon, felony eluding, four counts of failure to register as a sex offender, brandishing a firearm, driving on a suspended license, and three counts of probation violation.

He was sentenced to 89 years, 42 months and 15 days – with all but 10 years suspended, according to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Jones was convicted of attempted rape in 1997, according to court records.

On June 28 last year, Jones went to the ladies’ gym bathroom at TCC and confronted a woman.

He pointed a gun at her head and told her “Don’t scream,” prosecutors said.

But the woman screamed and Jones fled the scene.

Jones was arrested two days later after he led police on a car chase from the intersection of Holland Road and Dam Neck Road to Oceana Boulevard.

Police tried to pull Jones over after they spotted a vehicle that fit the description of a car connected to TCC incident.

The pursuit lasted five to minutes. A woman jumped out of the vehicle after it crashed screaming, “He has a gun! He has a gun,” prosecutors said.

After arresting Jones, police found a gun on the driver’s side floorboard.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.