Man in Coitsville hostage case back in jail after running from court

U.S. Marshals and Mercy Health police arrested Brandon Jones in Youngstown after he ran from deputies three days before

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Brandon Jones — who police say led them on a chase and held officers at bay after abducting his own baby — is back in the county jail after being arrested Sunday evening at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Jones appeared in common pleas court Thursday afternoon for a hearing to have his bond revoked in another case. He was able to bolt away from deputies, racing downstairs toward the front door.

“The deputies working the door tried to get him, but he ran by so fast, he got away,” Major Jeff Allen said.

They ran after Jones but ended up losing him. He did, however, leave something behind.

“He dropped his coat when he ran and when deputies retrieved his coat, they found $6,700 in fake United States currency,” Allen said.

On Sunday, U.S. Marshals learned Jones was visiting a relative at the Youngstown hospital. They called hospital police, who went to find him.

“He resisted arrest, attempted to grab their firearms from them and assaulted one of the officers,” Atty. Jeff Moliterno said.

Officers were finally able to subdue Jones by tasing him — but not before glass at a nursing station was shattered during the scuffle.

Jones had been indicted on abduction and criminal damaging charges. He was arrested two months ago after police say he abducted his own baby and held a SWAT team at bay — only to escape that night, too.

On Dec. 1, police say Jones hijacked a car from a house on Hawthorne Street with his 8-month old baby and the baby’s mother inside. He drove them to his house on McGuffey Road in Coitsville.

A police report states Jones got out of the car with the baby, threatened to kill the mother and child if she called the police and ran into the house.

When officials arrived, they negotiated with Jones for about an hour, only for someone else to walk out of the house with the baby while he ran off.

About a week later, police found and arrested Jones.

“He actually stated to our deputy assigned to the Marshals unit that he’s always going to run,” Allen said on Monday.

For now, Jones won’t be going anywhere. He’s being held without bond in a maximum security pod of the jail, facing half a dozen new charges.

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