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Cleveland Jones Charged with Rape of Woman in Field off Division Street

3/12/2014

March 12, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A court hearing has been set for Monday in the case of 56-year-old Cleveland Jones, who is charged with raping a 33-year-old woman in a field behind a business in the 600 block of Division Street Tuesday afternoon.
         
Both parties are homeless and are believed to have met on the street in recent days.
         
Police responded to the field at 1:15 p.m. after a citizen reported seeing a man and woman having sex in the field, and that the woman appeared to be impaired.  Central Precinct officers found the woman in the field extremely intoxicated and unresponsive.  Jones, who matched the description provided by the witness, was spotted by officers walking away from the area on 8th Avenue South.  He was detained pending further investigation
         
Due to the victim’s level of intoxication, detectives could not interview her in detail at the hospital.  She did, however, respond in the affirmative when asked if she was sexually assaulted.
         
During an interview with detectives, Jones acknowledged that the woman with whom he had sex was intoxicated.  It is believed he and the woman had been drinking together during the day Tuesday.
         
Based on the totality of the circumstances and the victim’s appearance of physical helplessness due to her level of intoxication, Jones was charged with rape of a helpless individual.  He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond.
         
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