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Man with escapee, accused robber speaks out

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(KMOV) – The man who was with jail escapee and accused robber John Wesley Jones when he was caught is speaking out about the recent chain of events.

Valerio Sanders owns and lives in the Swansea, Illinois home with his brother Antwan Jones, where john Wesley Jones was caught.

Federal investigators say they developed information Tuesday that Jones was in the Swansea area. When they arrived at the home around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, John Wesley Jones reportedly ran to the attic, but fell through the drywall ceiling and was caught.

Sanders says he once worked with John Wesley Jones, and a mutual friend had given Jones his address. Sanders’ attorney says John Wesley Jones told Sanders he’d give him some of the thousands of dollars he had buried if he would help him get the money.

Sanders says he refused the offer.

John Wesley Jones and Sanders reportedly drove all through north St. Louis County, but didn’t find who or what Jones was looking for.

Sanders’ attorney says wiretaps on Jones’ friends helped authorities triangulate his position. Sanders says he felt like a hostage, although Jones never displayed a weapon.

He was questioned for about six hours. His brother Antwan is still in custody.

The U.S. Marshals say harboring a fugitive charge could be possible against the brothers, and John Wesley Jones will likely face additional charges.

Neighbors in the area where John Wesley Jones was caught are pretty surprised that such a “most wanted” man was hiding next door.


 

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