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Couple Arrested for Child Endangerment

June 7, 2016

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Saturday, June 4 at 2:30 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station conducted extra patrol on an abandoned house in the 4300 block of Adobe Road. The vacant residence had been recently burglarized and several items appeared to be staged for the suspects to return and take.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., a white car was observed driving up to the house and illuminating the staged items. Deputies conducted a traffic stop in the driveway and contacted Patricia Jones in the driver’s seat and John Jones in the front passenger seat. There were three juveniles in the rear seat.

John Jones was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and also had methamphetamine on his person. He initially gave deputies a false name because he had active warrants for his arrest. During a search of the vehicle deputies located several syringes, glass pipes and additional methamphetamine on the floor of the rear seat at the children’s feet.

Patricia was found to have been driving under the influence of a controlled substance. She and John drove to the location from the Hemet area. Both John and Patricia were arrested for child endangerment, as well as the outstanding warrants. The Department of Children and Family Services was notified and took custody of the children.

John Jones (age 37 of Twentynine Palms) is being held in lieu of $175,000 bail with a hold from Riverside County for an additional warrant. Patricia Jones (age 32 of Twentynine Palms) is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation of this crime is encouraged to contact the Morongo Basin Station at 760-366-4175.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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