Hampton, Va. – A man wanted on attempted murder and other charges in Florida was captured at a Motel 6 in Hampton Tuesday night.
24-year-old Justin Jones was wanted on charges of attempted felony murder, robbery with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Gainesville, Florida.
According to Gainesville police, Jones and two other men allegedly approached the victim outside the victim’s northeast Gainesville house on the morning of April 10. Jones pointed a gun at the victim while the other men took the victim’s wallet and jewelry. When the victim tried to run into his house, Jones shot the victim multiple times. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force – including investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Gainesville Police Department – determined Jones fled soon after the shooting. Task Force members later developed information that Jones had fled to the Hampton area in an attempt to avoid capture.
Task Force members in Gainesville contacted the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force in Norfolk for assistance.
Task Force members learned Jones was staying at the Motel 6 located at 1905 Coliseum Drive. At approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, they spotted Jones walking near the motel and arrested him on his outstanding warrant. Jones was booked into the Hampton City Jail.
Gainesville Police Chief Tony Jones thanked the U.S. Marshals for their help. “This person is now behind bars where he belongs because of the teamwork between the Marshals and local law enforcement,” said Chief Jones. “This arrest shows the dedication of all law enforcement officers when it comes to finding dangerous criminals.”