On Tuesday, September 15th, the Coral Gables Police Department announced the arrest of, Richard Anthony Jones, a felony attempted murder and burglary suspect.
CGPD released the following details:
On today’s date, at 12:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 2525 Ponce De Leon Blvd, after an alert security guard observed a possible subject that was involved in a theft that occurred in August 2020. Officers were able to locate the person described as a male, Black, thin build, short dreads, last seen wearing a blue shirt, black shorts and black slides. A Coral Gables Police Officer observed the described male at the rear of a building in the 100 block of Almeria Ave and with the assistance of other officers, the subject was taken into custody. The subject, later identified as Richard Anthony Jones, DOB 01/13/1996, threatened arresting officers.
Subject Jones was brought to the CGPD station, where detectives linked him to several other cases.
On July 30, 2020, at approximately 2:45 p.m., at a business located in the 100 block of Almeria Ave, Subject Jones entered the building and tricked the victim by stating he was collecting money for a football trip. The victim gave him $10 and offered him a cold soda. Subject Jones grabbed the victim’s wallet from her desk and snatched the soda from the victim as he fled the office. On today’s date, the victim was brought to the CGPD and during a photographic lineup, positively identified the defendant, as the subject who entered her office on July 30, 2020.
Subject Jones was charged with 1 count of Burglary to an Occupied Structure, 1 count of Battery on a Person 65 or Older, 1 count of Petit Theft, and 4 counts of Credit Card Theft.
On September 2, 2020, at approximately 4:36 p.m., at a business located in the 1300 block of South Dixie Highway, Subject Jones entered into the hallway where the victim’s office is located. Using the same ruse about collecting money for a football trip, he asked the victim for money and the victim handed him $20. The victim escorted Subject Jones to the door where he stated that he left his pen in her office. She returned to her office and felt someone standing behind her and as she turned around, Subject Jones with both hands forcefully and intentionally pushed her and she fell to the ground. Subject Jones began to kick her repeatedly to the ribcage area. The victim begged for Subject Jones to stop kicking her as she believed he was going to kill her. Once Subject Jones stopped kicking the victim, he stole her wallet and fled the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital, where she remained hospitalized for over a week.
On today’s date, the victim was brought to the CGPD and during a photographic lineup, positively identified the defendant, as the subject who entered her office on September 2, 2020. Subject Jones was charged with 1 count of Attempted-Felony Murder, 1 count of Burglary with Battery, and 1 count of Grand Theft. Richard Anthony Jones was transferred to the Miami-Dade County Jail.
“We ask the public if you see something, say something, and today it worked. The awareness by the security guard helped bring a violent person into custody,” stated Chief Edward J. Hudak Jr.