MT. AIRY, OHIO – A Cincinnati police officer was arrested and charged this week with a violent attack on his girlfriend that left her unconscious.
It’s the second time in a month the District 1 officer has been accused of assaulting the same woman, according to complaints filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court.
Kevin Jones, 27, of Colerain Township broke into 24-year-old Megan Thomas’ apartment in the 2300 block of West Northbend Road in Mt. Airy about 4 a.m. Monday, his arrest slip states.
He gained entry after identifying himself as a Cincinnati police officer, wrote Sgt. Eric Vogelpohl of the police department’s Professional Standards Section in a court complaint.
Jones allegedly took the woman’s cell phone and, as the two argued, pushed her head into a brick wall, knocking her “unconscious for an undetermined amount of time,” the complaint states.
After, he hopped into his car and fled the scene.
Jones was arrested that night on charges of felonious assault and burglary and booked into the county jail about 10:30 p.m., jail officials said today.
When he appeared before a municipal court judge on Tuesday morning, bond was set at $70,000.
Jones also was ordered to stay away from Thomas and to wear an electronic monitoring system on his ankle upon release from jail.
He posted bond and left the jail at 1:47 p.m. Thursday, jail officials said.
The case will go before a grand jury for possible indictment on June 28.
It is not yet clear today if Jones remains on active duty or if police officials have stripped him of his gun and badge and placed him an administrative leave or some sort of desk duty while the case works through the courts.
This is the second time in a month the police officer has been arrested and charged with attacking Thomas, according to court records.
Another case is pending for an alleged assault at Thomas’ apartment about 3:30 a.m. May 19.
In that situation, Jones faces two counts of misdemeanor assault.
According to court records again signed by Vogelpohl, Jones struck Thomas four times on her face and body and then hit a second woman, Angelica Ford, during an argument with Thomas.
Jones was arrested but released on his own recognizance and ordered to stay away from both women.
He has pleaded not guilty.
That case is scheduled to come up on July 9 before Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Ted Berry.
Jones has a troubled history with the police department.
Police supervisors yanked his driving privileges in 2009 after he caused his fourth on-duty accident in 18 months.
Fellow officers and medics rushed to his aid just after midnight Nov. 3 after he flipped his police cruiser on Interstate 71. At the time, he was pursuing a driver who sped off when Jones tried to stop him for illegal parking.
It was a clear night with light traffic and the road was dry, according to the crash report.
An internal investigation determined Jones “swerved to avoid a vehicle and failed to control (the) vehicle, striking guardrail, causing (the) vehicle to overturn.”
Jones was wearing a seat belt and was able to crawl out of the cruiser with minor injuries, according to reports from the scene and police.
The 2004 Crown Victoria cruiser was so badly wrecked, police officials chose to scrap it it when the bill to fix it was estimated at $14,600 in damages and labor.
Jones declined comment at the time, as did his supervisors.
An internal investigation determined Jones’ highest speed was 65 mph and recommended disciplinary action, calling the crash “preventable” had Jones been “more familiar with the handling of police equipment he is operating in pursuit mode.”
Jones was assigned to work with a senior officer – who drove all motor vehicles – until Jones underwent additional driver’s training through the Police Academy, including at least three sessions with the driving simulator.
Jones was hired June 17, 2007, joining the 101st recruit class, and was promoted to police officer Dec. 16, 2007.
His first crash occurred seven months into his first assignment, according to police records.
On June 11, 2008, Jones received “written counseling” after he backed a police vehicle into a “fixed object.”
Two months later, when Jones “made a left turn into the path of another vehicle causing an accident,” he was sent to driver’s training and the incident was added to his employee supplemental log.
On Feb. 11, 2009, Jones received a written reprimand after he drove over a concrete parking curb while leaving a police parking lot.
No one answered the door at Thomas’ second-story apartment this morning.
Brenda Williams, who lives downstairs, said she hears yelling and fighting coming from the unit “constantly.”
She also has complained to the landlord.
“It has been a big old mess up there,” Williams said, folding her arms across her chest. “I have been upset but my boyfriend stopped me from going up there to knock on the door. There’s been times I had to go up there and knock on the door to ask this lady to give me some respect because I live up under her.
“This mess started about a month or two after she moved in here and she ain’t lived here even a year,” said Williams, 50. “He was always here, the cop was. There’s been times they have been carrying on and fighting. He would never come in his uniform. He would always come in his plain clothes, but he’s got one of those police stickers on his truck.”
Williams said she was home when police arrived at the apartment building on May 19.
“They were up there fighting. It went on all night long. The police came about 6 a.m. and took a report,” Williams recalled. “That’s when I called the landlord because I could hear all this foolishness going on. When I went to knock on her door to complain, she was very disrespectful to me and used profanity.”
Williams hopes the latest arrest brings peace to the building.
“It has been terrible since she been here. There has been drama,” Williams said.
She was not home early Monday when the latest fight broke out between the couple. But she said glass was busted out on the ground in front of the front door to the building.
“It’s crazy. It crazy. Domestic violence ain’t nothing to play with, especially with him carrying a gun,” Williams said.