A Greenwood man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly attacked a former girlfriend and two other members of her family before leading police on a 10-minute chase Tuesday night.
According to reports from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, police were dispatched to Norwich Square in Locksley Hall after a woman reported an intruder in her home and indicating that she needed medical attention at about 11 p.m. Tuesday night. When officers arrived at the home, they were met at the door by the 73-year-old woman, who was covered in blood and appeared to be bleeding from the top of her head. Once inside the home, they also found a 26-year-old male with a deep bite mark on his left forearm and a 22-year-old female, the male victim’s sister.
According to the reports, the 26-year-old female said that her child’s father, later identified as Montrey Leshelton Jones, 23, of 1520 parkway Court Apt. B-3, had called her several times Tuesday. The last time he called he told the woman that he was outside the Locksley Hall residence. She went outside to talk to him and then decided to go back in the house. She told police that Jones then chased her inside the house to her brother’s bedroom where he began choking her with both hands around her neck. She said Jones told her that he had a gun and was going to kill her.
According to the reports, the woman’s brother and grandmother both attempted to get Jones off of the woman. The brother punched Jones several times and hit him with a television in an attempt to get Jones off his sister. Jones bi the brother on the arm and may have also broken two of his fingers. The 73-year-old grandmother was hit on top of her head in the melee. Both the brother and the grandmother were transported to Self Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.
According to the reports, police received another call just before midnight concerning Jones taking his grandmother’s vehicle without her permission. Jones’ grandmother told police that she believed Jones had been involved with someone and had blood on his face and the back of his head. Jones’ grandmother told police that Jones then took the keys to the vehicle from her purse and left. The vehicle was identified as a 2004 Kia Rio. An officer spotted the vehicle crossing the 72 Bypass, travelling east on Durst Avenue. The officer got behind the vehicle, but Jones refused to stop. Jones continued onto Old Laurens Road before turning onto Bucklevel Road. He then turned onto Wingert Road and finally onto Old Wingert Road, which is a dead end road, with multiple police officers in pursuit with lights and sirens activated. The chase never exceeded 45 mph.
According to the reports, Jones was removed from the driver’s seat of the vehicle and placed under arrest. He was taken to Self Regional Medical Center to receive treatment for his injuries before being taken to the Greenwood County Detention Center.
Jones was initially charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Officials with GCSO later upgraded the charges to first degree burglary, attempted murder, malicious injury to personal property and two counts of second degree assault and battery. Bond must be set by a circuit court judge due to the first degree burglary charge carrying a potential life sentence.