It was an unusual apprehension of a wanted man in Pocahontas last Wednesday afternoon, as the subject swam in a lake and tried to run away from officers while he was barefoot.
Gino Feazel, Pocahontas Police Chief, said he knew the 19-year old man, Jeremiah Jones, was wanted in Michigan for an alleged sexual assault and had been staying in Pocahontas.
Feazel said he saw a man walking his pit bull dog, behind Lenjo’s, and pulled up in his car to question the man. Feazel said the subject would not give his name and eventually ran on foot in the direction of the lake in Gretchen Wilson Park.
Jones dove into the lake, swam 50 to 75 yards through a cove, then got out of the water, kicking off his shoes.
Feazel drove his squad car to the south side of the lake, after contacting the Bond County Sheriff’s Department for assistance. He also learned there were United States Marshall Service officers in Pocahontas on a different case.
With Jones on the run, Feazel exited his car and began to run after him to the south. They went across the railroad tracks, across a couple of creeks, up dirt banks, and into a timber area. Jones fled the woods behind a house, running across Pokey Road to the east, where he was apprehended.
Feazel emphasized that the capture of the man was a team effort with Sheriff Jeff Brown, several of his deputies, and the U.S. Marshall Service officers involved. Jones remains in the Bond County jail.