Toledo man, subject of nationwide manhunt, indicted in Wood County


A Toledo man who led law enforcement on a nationwide manhunt has been indicted again.

A Wood County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Jonathon Jones, 33, for failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony, and vandalism, a fifth-degree felony.

In March, Jones pleaded guilty in Wood County Common Pleas Court to endangering children and attempting to commit pandering obscenity, both third-degree felonies.

He failed to appear at his sentencing hearing on May 4 and a warrant was issued.

The nationwide manhunt for Jones and a teenage girl he was traveling with started May 6.

He was arrested May 8 in Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico, while traveling with a 17-year-old who was reported missing to Canton police on April 11.

The 17-year-old girl has been charged with juvenile aggravated murder in the death of Jonathon Jones’ mother, 53-year-old Nicole Jones.

Jonathon Jones is incarcerated in the Wood County jail. The vandalism charge is for the alleged tampering of an electronic monitory unit.

In October, Jones had been indicted for pandering obscenity involving a minor or impaired person and endangering children, both second-degree felonies; pandering obscenity and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies; interference with custody and contributing to unruliness or delinquency of a child, both first-degree misdemeanors; and failure to comply with underage alcohol laws, an unclassified misdemeanor.

He was accused of knowingly creating, reproducing or publishing material that showed a minor participating in a sexual act after he was found Oct. 24 with numerous nude photos of a 16-year-old female on his phone and numerous videos of himself and the girl having sex.

He also was accused of knowingly aiding the girl to become unruly after he reportedly picked her up and drove her to the Super 8 in Millbury after she ran away from a medical facility in Columbus.

The endangering charge is because Jones allegedly enticed or coerced the girl to act, model or in any other way participate in being photographed for the production or presentation of sexually oriented or nudity-oriented matter. There is a human trafficking specification to this charge.

He also allegedly furnished alcohol to the girl and used his cell phone to take the pictures.

A sentencing date for this case has been set for Aug. 3.

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