Houston Co. grand jury indicts Lovelady man who tried to sexually assault estranged wife

Randall Jones (Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office)
Randall Jones (Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office)

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County grand jury indicted a 44-year-old Lovelady man on two felony charges in connection to allegations that he tried to sexually assault his estranged wife and threatened her with a pistol in a Jan. 30 incident.

East Texas News obtained a copy of the grand jury indictment list Wednesday. The Houston County grand jury handed down its list of grand jury indictments on June 17.

Randall Wayne Jones was indicted for attempted aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated kidnapping.

According to the arrest affidavit, the estranged wife told a Houston County Sheriff's investigator and a deputy that she and her husband, Jones, had been separated for a short time, and she had moved out of their residence in the 770 block of FM 320 in Lovelady. She told them that she had taken their two sons with her.

During the interview with HCSO deputies, the woman said that she had taken her sons back to the residence on FM 320, so that Jones could see them. When she arrived, Jones sent the boys to the living room to watch TV.

According to the affidavit, Jones kept talking to her in the yard and trying to get her to come inside the house. The estranged wife told him that she didn't want to go inside, so they talked in the yard for an hour or so.

The woman told the deputies that at that point, her husband threw her over his shoulder and carried her into the house. Jones allegedly put his estranged wife on the couch and kept talking to her. The woman told Jones no when he asked her if she still loved him and told him that she wanted to leave.

Jones then allegedly grabbed the woman, dragged her into the bedroom, and told her he was going to "[expletive] her" before she left, the affidavit stated. The estranged husband then allegedly tried to rip his wife's pants off.

When the woman fought back against Jones, he allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and told her that if she didn't take her pants off, he was going to cut them off.

The woman told the deputies that at that point, Jones allegedly reached into a nightstand, pulled out a pistol put it to his head, and told her that he was going to kill himself. The affidavit stated he then lowered the pistol and told his estranged wife that he was going to kill her and then kill himself.

Fearful for her life, the estranged wife ran to the bedroom window, threw it open, knocked the screen out, and tried to climb out. Jones then grabbed her feet, and tried to pull her back inside. When the woman started screaming for help, Jones allegedly shoved her out the window and onto the ground, the affidavit stated.

The woman ran around to the front of the house, got her kids, and left.

A female HCSO deputy photographed the injuries the woman had on her stomach and lower back. She told the investigator that the injuries could be consistent with the estranged wife's statement that she tried to climb through the window, or they could have been caused by Jones trying to rip the woman's pants off.

When the investigator went to the residence on FM 320, he noticed that the blinds on a window on the north end of the residence were damaged, and the screen was lying in the yard. The metal frame of the screen was bent and badly damaged, the affidavit stated.

The investigator called Jones on the phone a short time later. According to the affidavit, Jones told the investigator that he didn't know what had happened, and said that he just "lost his [expletive] mind" and "went crazy."

Jones said that whatever his estranged wife said was probably true and that he was sorry, the affidavit stated. When the investigator tried to get Jones to come into the sheriff's office for an interview, he invoked his right to an attorney, the affidavit stated.

In the affidavit, the investigator stated that the woman's injuries, the damage to the window, and what Jones said on the phone corrobated the estranged wife's claims and that he believed that further violence could be possible if Jones wasn't arrested.

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