Man arrested for assaulting two men, driving victim's car into Laurel Lake

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

A bizarre weekend dispute ends up with one man being arrested for assaulting two men and then driving their car into a lake. He was arrested by an officer who shared his first and last name.

Police say 27-year-old Robert Jones was taken into custody after evading police on Sept. 12 when he allegedly assaulted two men who came to pick up his girlfriend 28-year-old Amanda Cox.

“One gentlemen didn't like them coming, started an altercation, hit two of the gentleman with a two by four,” said Major Robert Jones of the Corbin City Police Department.

After the men were taken to the hospital, Major Jones said Jones took the car and did something drastic.

“Busted all of the windows in the car and later stole the vehicle and sunk it in Laurel Lake off of 312 bridge,” said Major Jones.

Cox denied asking for a ride from the two men. She said when they showed up at Jones’ residence, both of them were intoxicated.

“They was supposed to be bringing me a phone card and cigarettes and this guy has had a crush on me for a long time,” said Cox.

Jones said he was surprised that Broughton or Jordan was able to drive. The two had a 10-year-old child in the car with them.

“If you checked their blood alcohol level, they would be dead,” said Jones.

Jordan and the juvenile were taken to the Baptist Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries. Jordan and Broughton alleged that Jones hit both of them, but he denied taking a shot at Broughton, and said he was trying to protect his girlfriend when he hit Jordan.

“I was just defending my old lady,” said Jones.

Cox said she believed she was being lured into the vehicle by the men when they told her the cigarettes were in the dashboard. Jones said that is when he came at David Jordan and Tony Broughton with a two-by-four, smashing in the windows.

She said she ran when she saw glass flying because of an outstanding bench warrant. Jones said he is not guilty of all the charges.

“I shouldn't be in here for anything other than stealing the car, ‘cause I was defending my old lady,” said Jones.
“Any other faithful man would do the same for their woman.”

Cox said she stands by her boyfriend’s innocence.

“The fact of it is, I wasn't there for all of it, but I wouldn't think he done nothing and if he did it was probably in self defense,” said Cox.
“That guy Tony he’s not right, he is an alcoholic and he stays drunk!”

Jones said he had some regrets about the rash decision he made to steal the vehicle and drive it into a lake.

“I wasn't thinking clearly, my adrenaline was pumping and I wasn't thinking clearly at all or otherwise I would have left the car there,” said Jones.

Jones and Cox are being held at the Whitley County Detention Center. Jones is charged with three counts of second degree assault, theft of an automobile and failure to pay child support in the amount of $1,800. He is being held on a $25,000 cash bond. Cox will serve time and be released on Nov. 11, 2011 for evading police.

Major Jones said he did not believe Broughton or Jordan would face any charges.

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