Judge sets $5 million bond for Cleveland man charged in deadly shooting of Salvation Army worker, 4 carjackings

December 4, 2017 GMT

Judge sets $5 million bond for Cleveland man charged in deadly shooting of Salvation Army worker, 4 carjackings

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man is accused of fatally shooting a 21-year-old man inside the lobby of his apartment complex, carjacking four people and shooting a 65-year-old woman, all in about an hour, according to police.

William Jones, 27, is charged with aggravated murder. He is being held in the Cleveland City Jail on $5 million bond after his first court appearance on Monday.

Jones on Saturday committed a series of carjackings after the fatal shooting of Jared Plesec, 21, of Cleveland.


Jones shot Plesec in the head at point-blank range about 9 a.m. Saturday in the lobby of the Euclid Beach Villa apartment complex on East 156th Street near Lakeshore Boulevard, according to Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Brian Murphy.

Plesec worked for the Salvation Army, Muphy said. He was on his way to collect money for the charity and was wearing his full Salvation Army uniform when he was killed, Murphy said. Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

Jones ran from the building and unsuccessfully tried to steal a man’s car at a nearby gas station, police said. Jones fired at least one gunshot at the man as he drove away, Murphy said.

Jones stole a woman’s car in the parking lot and drove to the East 72nd Street and North Marginal Road where he stole another man’s car, police said.

He drove that car to the Emerald Necklace Marina near Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, where he shot a woman in the leg during a third carjacking, according to police. Jones sped away in the woman’s 2015 Hyundai Sonata and ditched it in the middle of Sloane Avenue near Edanola Avenue, Lakewood police said.

Jones found a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck with the engine running and drove away in it, police said.

Lakewood police spotted the truck on Clifton Boulevard near Nicholson Avenue, police said. Jones ditched the truck in front of the Marine Towers building on Edgewater Drive, police said.

Jones then stole a 65-year-old woman’s car at the apartment building. He pulled the woman out of her car, drove her 2011 Dodge Caliber through a closed garage door and into the parking lot, police said.

Lakewood police boxed him in at the parking lot and took him into custody, according to police.

Jones was released from prison Oct. 30, 2016 after serving one year and nine months for an armed carjacking. He is on post-prison release supervision until 2019, according to Ohio prison records.

Jones on Jan. 19, 2015 carjacked a man at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Walgreen’s pharmacy in the 6400 block of Broadway Avenue. He stole the man’s car, phone and $400, according to court records.

Jones also was twice convicted of carrying concealed weapons.

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