James Monroe Jones Jr. (click for larger version)
February 03, 2014JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A stalker who allegedly fired at the home of a former college professor was arrested Jan. 26, three days after the incident in Hoover, Ala., near where the stalker lived.
James Monroe Jones Jr., 31, of Vestavia Hills, Ala., was arrested in Alabama after Johns Creek Police issued a warrant for his arrest.
The victim's husband told police he was awakened Jan. 23 by a loud bang just after 5 a.m. After checking the home, he discovered a bullet hole above the front door.
The spent bullet was found in the foyer. Police say the round was likely fired by a rifle from the street and traveled through several walls ricocheting around the house. Police surmise the shot was intended for a room where two children sleep.
"It was a very close call," said Lt. Chris Byers with the Johns Creek Police Department.
The husband said he immediately suspected Jones, whom he says has been stalking the victim for 10 years. Jones allegedly called the home the prior day.
Jones had been a student of the woman one semester at a university in Alabama. Since that time, the man had a fixation on her and has stalked her the last decade.
"He had called the home the day before the shooting and told her he was going to kill himself and take somebody out with him," Byers said.
A neighbor had a security camera that caught a car that may have belonged to Jones.
Byers said there was enough evidence to take out a warrant on Jones.
Johns Creek Police worked with the police in Hoover, Ala., which is adjacent to Vestavia Hills, to catch Jones.
Two days later, Jan. 26, Hoover Police found and arrested Jones after spotting his car in Alabama.
Jones was charged with sending harassing communications, stalking, making terroristic threats, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and discharging a firearm in a street.