Blood trail prompts arrest of Circleville man in stabbing of relative

Blood trail prompts arrest of Circleville man in stabbing of relative

by Craig Lovelace

Circleville Police continue to investigate the circumstances behind a stabbing that occurred Sunday involving two relatives, one who was arrested and is facing charges and the other who ended up in the hospital.

City resident Bennie Jones II, 33, has a Jan. 26 preliminary hearing in Circleville Municipal Court on charges of felony assault, felony tampering and domestic violence after he was arrested following the incident in which two officers physically forced their way into his 130 Logan St. apartment. 

The stabbing brought together the Circleville Police Department and Pickaway Sheriff’s Office, which was assisting, in the late Sunday morning episode.

The Pickaway Press doesn’t name victims of crime but in Sunday’s alleged stabbing, he is a close relative of Jones.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Stephen Harger wrote in a report that he responded to a Walnut Street address from where an emergency-911 call originated from the Circleville Police dispatch center. He was the first law enforcement officer on the scene and was quickly joined by Circleville Officer Ryan Speakman.

Harger encountered a neighbor who told him that a female and male, showed up at her home’s back door, with the latter suffering from a stab wound. She told the deputy her husband drove the male to OhioHealth Berger Hospital’s emergency room and who later was transferred to Grant Hospital in Columbus. The female told the officers the victim’s name and said he showed up at her apartment, which shares the same Logan Street address Jones. The victim was allegedly stabbed after a fight, though she told the officers she didn’t know where the fight occurred. 

Speakman and Harger went to the 130 Logan St. apartment and confronted Jones.

“When we made contact, a male with blood on his hands and shirt came to the door. We advised him that we needed to step in [to the unit] due to this being a possible location where the stabbing occurred,” reads Harger’s report. “The male became combative and due to the exigent circumstances; officer Speakman and I pushed our way into the apartment and detained the male.”

Jones told the officers when his relative arrived got to the apartment, the wounds were evident. The pair, he said, went into the bathroom which is where Jones says he got blood on himself because he was hugging the victim.

The officers didn’t buy the explanation because of the amount of blood in the apartment and a single trail of blood that led from the apartment to the neighbor’s house.

A second female at the apartment was detained and advised of her Miranda rights, according to Harger’s report. She told the deputy that “she was told not to say anything and that she was scared.” The female purportedly is the victim’s girlfriend, and it isn’t clear why she was read her rights.

Circleville Police Chief Shawn Baer said Wednesday that no other arrests stemming from the incident have been made. However, a Facebook posting Sunday indicated that additional “charges on several individuals are pending.”

Police did detain Billy Jo Dawson, 36, who had a warrant out for her arrest on a probation violation. She was taken to the Pickaway County Jail.

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