Charges allege Pennsylvania felon strangled girlfriend at Overland
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - A Pennsylvania felon is facing domestic assault charges in north St. Louis County after strangling his girlfriend at a rental property in Overland.
According to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Ameal Jones assaulted his girlfriend on April 29 inside a short-term rental property in the 9400 block of Minerva Avenue. Police found the girlfriend with a swollen face with dried blood around her lips and face. A witness told investigators Jones strangled his girlfriend and punched her several times. The girlfriend told police Jones beat her more every time she called for help.
Police also found blood on the residence walls and on Jones’ shirt. Investigators said Jones and his girlfriend drove to St. Louis together from Pennsylvania and were staying at the rental property with a group of people working to collect signatures for a ballot petition to legalize marijuana.
In their initial reporting, the prosecuting attorney’s office classified the short-term rental property as an Airbnb but could not provide any details regarding where the short-term rental was listed. Airbnb later contacted News 4 and said the property was not one of theirs, and they have no listings on that block in Overland.
The prosecuting attorney’s office first told News 4 Jones was on parole in Pennsylvania in 2019 with convictions of felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and giving police a false ID. Jones was also arrested in Pennsylvania in January of 2022 after being accused of strangulation and false imprisonment.
According to the prosecuting attorney’s office, both the state and defense had the same mistaken facts about Jones’ criminal record. They later corrected their information to state that Jones was convicted of the misdemeanor crime of giving false identification to law enforcement, had a firearm charge withdrawn and was found not guilty on a second firearm charge and a drug charge. He reportedly has two active misdemeanor warrants in Pennsylvania but will not be extradited.
Now, Jones is facing domestic assault charges in the first and second degrees in St. Louis. A hearing was set for May 31 as Jones has bonded out of jail.
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