An escaped convict wanted in the robbery of a bank and the shooting of a Williamsburg police officer was arrested yesterday after District police barricaded a Northeast motel for about five hours.
Jerry Earl Jones, 35, was discovered at the Master Host Inn at 1917 Bladensburg Rd. NE about 4:30 a.m. after Williamsburg police reported that Jones might be on his way to Washington, D.C. police spokeswoman Shannon Cockett said. Jones was registered at the motel under an alias.
D.C. police evacuated some other rooms in the motel while they blocked rush-hour traffic in the area until after 9:30 a.m., when Jones emerged from his motel room without incident. It was not immediately known whether Jones was armed, police said.
Jones is accused of robbing the Crestar Bank in Williamsburg and shooting a police officer on Jan. 15. The assailant, disguised in a woman's wig and a beard, carried a revolver and had an object that appeared to be a bomb strapped to him, Williamsburg police said.
He got away with thousands of dollars and later shot a pursuing officer in the leg, Williamsburg Investigator Frank Brookman said.
Jones escaped Nov. 10 or 11 from the Buckingham, Va., Correctional Facility, where he was serving a robbery term, Brookman said.