CMC officer allegedly assaulted banker in Grover Beach

BY KAREN VELIE

Grover Beach police today arrested a correctional officer at California Men’s Colony who is accused of making a racial slur against a manager at the Grover Beach Wells Fargo branch, and then attacking the bank employee as he was leaving work.

After officers arrested James Allen Jones Jr. at the prison, they booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of battery with serious bodily injury, committing a hate crime and making criminal threats. Jones has since been released on $50,000 bail.

On Sept. 3, Jones walked into the Wells Fargo branch on Grand Avenue in Grover Beach without a mask. The manager, a Hispanic man and Army veteran, greeted Jones and then asked him to wear a mask if he was going to do business in the lobby.

San Luis Obispo County brought back its indoor mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people on Sept. 1.

Jones responded aggressively. The manager then offered him one of the extra masks the bank keeps for its customers, after which, Jones allegedly became more hostile.

Shortly afterwards, Jones allegedly rooted through cabinets and drawers in the bank lobby. The manager asked him to stop and warned he would call the police to remove him from the property.

Then, the suspect allegedly said, “Well, you f*ckin sp*k. Come outside,” before leaving the bank.

But at about 5:30 p.m., at the end of the manager’s shift, Jones showed up in the parking lot while the manager was trying to get into his car. Jones grabbed the manager and pushed him toward a small wall at the edge of the parking lot and began wailing on him, the bank manager told police.

The manager fought back, attempting to choke Jones. Shortly afterwards, Jones allegedly fled.

The bank manager ended up in the emergency room with a concussion and lacerations to his head, hand and face.

Grover Beach police opened an investigation into the case as a suspected hate crime and battery, though they did not release Jone’s photo, which was captured on surveillance videos.

Members of the public responded by chastising the police department for releasing photos of suspects accused of minor thefts while not releasing the photo of the bank manager’s assailant.

Police Chief John Peters responded today saying the release of Jones’ photo could have hampered the investigation.

“In this case, the distribution of preliminary information could have negatively impacted our investigative efforts and could have resulted in inaccurate witness statements, the loss of physical evidence and the suspect evading capture,” Peters said. ” Given the nature of this case, it was vital that our investigators could make progress without jeopardizing the investigation.”

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2 Comments about “CMC officer allegedly assaulted banker in Grover Beach”

  1. Sad on all fronts, as first we don’t know what caused Jones, a 27 year employee for the California Department of Corrections to vent in the manor that he did.
    One would think a correctional officer who’s job it is to oversee the safety of hardened criminals would know how to compose himself under stressful situations.
    So the question could be asked; “How did the bank manager approach Mr. Jones?”
    Here’s a fact all can relate to in the times we’re being forced to live under, that is we’re all living in life’s pressure cooker, where daily the heat continues to be turned up.
    More than many not knowing how to deal with overwhelming
    circumstances venting in ways inappropriate to those who’ve been educated, enter misunderstandings or just lack of having patience, now enters a mess, each part blowing their lids.
    Enter law enforcement having to enforce the law, see how situations become escalated when if the one offended would have not acted in kind, perhaps just a friendly smile, letting the other party know that he’s understood, giving validation that we’re all in this together.
    One would hope in this and like situations the spirit of law would come into play rather than the letter of law, were everybody losses.

  2. Sad on all fronts, as first we don’t know what caused Jones, a 27 year employee for the California Department of Corrections to vent in the manor that he did.
    One would think a correctional officer who’s job it is to oversee the safety of hardened criminals would know how to compose himself under stressful situations.
    So the question could be asked; “How did the bank manager approach Mr. Jones?”
    Here’s a fact all can relate to in the times we’re being forced to live under, that is we’re all living in the pressure cooker where daily the heat continues to be turned up.
    More than many not knowing how to deal with overwhelming
    circumstances and vent in ways inappropriate to those who’ve been educated, enter misunderstandings or just lack of having patience, now enters a mess, each part blowing their lids.
    Enter law enforcement having to enforce the law, see how situations become escalated when if the one offended would have not acted in kind, perhaps just a friendly smile, letting the other party know that he’s understood, giving validation that we’re all in this together.
    One would hope in this and like situations the spirit of law would come into play rather than the letter of law, were everybody losses in the end.
    This country was supposedly founded upon Christian principles, but truth of the matter as much as we’d like to think so,when it servers ones best interest, for are we not to love one another unconditionally, being understanding, kind, forgiving, wanting for others no less than wanting for ourselves.
    With these times of uncertainty, not knowing what the next day is going to bring, it makes it truly difficult excessing these attributes, but, if we are who we claim to be, then one would think exercising Christ qualities would be foremost in our lives.
    The only control we have are decisions we make, everything else is lived by faith, understanding that then would be best we learn what our creator is holding out for us, we do that by learning.
    Getting to know you, getting to know all about you, and the blessings derived, knowing life everlasting awaits those showing by doing as told in
    John17:3
    Psalms 37:9, so much more than these few passages .
    Yes, we await His Kingdom, prayed for to do here on earth what had been done in heaven, is that not our Lord’s Prayer?
    Read what had been done in heaven we pray also be done here on earth.Rev.12:7-9,12
    We’re deep in times of fulfilment, believe what one will, if nothing else, know all are loved, that it’s a spiritual warfare not ours to become involved with, just to understand on who’s side we’re taking and why.
    Isaiah 43:10
    These times are unlike any other in all mankind’s history,
    Not all is lost as thought, hope is assured, exercise faith, pray for understanding.
    Jeremiah 33:3
    Peace to all

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