Miss­ing Pre­ston man found in Eas­ton Thurs­day

Times-Record - - News - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

EAS­TON — The search for a man who dis­ap­peared af­ter he crashed his car out­side Pre­ston while flee­ing from police Fri­day, Dec. 9, came to an end Thurs­day, Dec. 15, when police found him hid­ing in the at­tic of a home in Eas­ton, the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said in a news re­lease.

Al­lan Dortez Jones, 39, of Pre­ston, is be­ing held at the Caro­line County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in Den­ton, fac­ing charges of first- and sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault on a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance other than mar­i­juana.

Jones was ar­rested Thurs­day by the U.S. Mar­shal’s Ser­vice Cap­i­tal Area Re­gional Fugi­tive Task Force, Mary­land State Police Ap­pre­hen­sion Team and detectives from the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, police said.

Caro­line County Sher­iff Randy Bounds thanked ev­ery­one who helped both in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that led to Jones’s ar­rest, and in the mul­ti­ple searches for Jones con­ducted in the days fol­low­ing the crash, af­ter his fam­ily, wor­ried be­cause Jones had not con­tacted any of them, filed a miss­ing per­sons re­port.

“From the spe­cial­ized K-9, avi­a­tion, fire and EMS units who searched, to the out­stand­ing detectives who worked tire­lessly be­hind the scenes, ul­ti­mately track­ing Jones to the res­i­dence where he was ar­rested, all are to be com­mended for their re­solve to en­sure that Jones was safely found and ar­rested,” Bounds said in the news re­lease.

“We hope this brings a sense of re­lief to Mr. Jones’s fam­ily, who has stayed in con­tact with police while anx­iously await­ing word of his where­abouts since he fled from police,” Bounds said.

Jones was stopped around 9 p.m. Fri­day, Dec. 9, on Pre­ston Road, near Amer­i­can Cor­ner Road, by a Caro­line County sher­iff’s deputy, on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cense. When a Mary­land state trooper pulled up to pro­vide backup, Jones took off, said Capt. James Hen­ning of the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Hen­ning said Jones’s ve­hi­cle ran over the deputy’s foot; while the deputy was not in­jured, it gave Jones enough of a head start on the two of­fi­cers that nei­ther was within sight of Jones when he crashed his ve­hi­cle on Payne Road near Craft Road.

When the of­fi­cers ar­rived on the scene, Hen­ning said, Jones was gone, pre­sum­ably hav­ing fled on foot.

The of­fi­cers im­me­di­ately re­quested more backup for a search, Hen­ning said. Sev­eral agen­cies re­sponded. The Mary­land State Police Avi­a­tion Divi­sion used ther­mal imag­ing from the air, while a large num­ber of of­fi­cers searched on foot and by ve­hi­cle, with no re­sults.

Jones’s fam­ily later filed the miss­ing per­sons re­port, wor­ried be­cause Jones had not con­tacted any­one since the crash, an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic si­lence.

Police con­ducted three more searches of the area in the fol­low­ing days, per­son­ally brief­ing Jones’s fam­ily on search ef­forts ev­ery step of the way, Hen­ning said.

The day af­ter the crash, Satur­day, Dec. 10, the sher­iff’s of­fice en­listed the Del­marva Search and Res­cue Team, which brought two scent de­tec­tion dogs. A K-9 scan es­tab­lished a track that led the search team through a farm and to a nearby road, where the scent was lost.

Sun­day, Dec. 11, the sher­iff’s of­fice asked for help from the Pre­ston Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany and its re­sources. A de­tailed search of the sur­round­ing farms and wooded area were con­ducted, Hen­ning said, turn­ing up no in­di­ca­tion Jones was still in the area.

Mon­day, Dec. 12, the sher­iff’s of­fice brought in the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Police’s Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Group, which spe­cial­izes in search and res­cue mis­sions, which was also helped by spe­cial­ized dogs, specif­i­cally trained to lo­cate peo­ple in dis­tress. A de­tailed grid search once again re­sulted in no in­di­ca­tion Jones was still in the area.

Be­fore Jones was ar­rested Thurs­day, Hen­ning said the sher­iff’s of­fice was con­fi­dent Jones was no longer in the area near where he crashed his ve­hi­cle.

“We’ve brought in ev­ery­one: vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers, pro­fes­sional search and res­cue, spe­cial­ized dogs,” Hen­ning said. “We have done a very thor­ough job, and cov­ered ev­ery­thing we can.”

No cam­era footage of the traf­fic stop is avail­able, Hen­ning said. The state trooper’s car was not equipped with a dash cam, while the one in the deputy’s car had gone out of ser­vice Nov. 29, and had not yet been re­paired.

Nei­ther the state trooper nor the deputy wore a body cam­era. Hen­ning said the sher­iff’s of­fice re­cently sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion for a grant from the gov­er­nor’s of­fice to pay for the equip­ment, but learned it had been turned down.

“Body cam­eras are very ex­pen­sive,” Hen­ning said. “They’re on our wish list.”

Al­lan Dortez Jones

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