Glenwood Rape Suspect Arrested

Friday afternoon PCP arrested Michael Jones Jr.

Jones was identified as a suspect in the case through forensic evidence collected by PCPD.

Jones was found at a residence on Roadrunner Road in Youngstown when he was apprehended. He is currently in custody and is being charged with sexual battery and aggravated battery.

Family members of the victim are relieved that an arrest has been made but they are still speaking out about how long it took for the investigation to begin.

The 18-year-old was attacked last Friday as she walked home from school.

Investigators say a man hit her in the head with a shovel, dragged her into some woods behind a house on Eleventh Court and sexually assault her.

The girl’s family members have voiced their concerns that it took three days for details of the crime to be made public.

They were planning to hold a rally Friday afternoon when news of the arrest came.

Shortly after the press conference held by Panama City Police was complete, the girl’s family members held a press conference of their own.

They are concerned because they say they had to take matters into their own hands by handling out flyers, and searching the area where the attack occurred.

They found the girl’s bracelet near the house, and the shovel they think was used in the track.

They turned the evidence they found over to police.


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  • by Bill Location: PCB on May 6, 2012 at 09:37 PM
    First, @ Roy: Army, huh? Semper Fi is Marine Corp, not Army. Don't drag the Corp down. Second, PCPD does an outstanding job and their officers are excellent servants to our community. Why would anyone, family or otherwise think they should be privy to evidence in an on going investigation? The pd conducted a proper investigation and got their guy, seems to me someone should say thank you. Thank you PCPD, you have the full support of me and many, many others like me. I hope the full force of the justice system falls on the person who committed this crime, no one has a right to destroy a life in such a way. I pray that the victim recovers well, physically, mentally, and spiritually. God bless you young lady.
  • by Roy Location: Callaway on May 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    I served in the Army with him. He was my platoon leader and he was a soldier's soldier. We came under air attack by Iraqi jets just south of Basra. The whole platoon was coming apart but he kept his cool and saved a lot of lifes that day. I hate to see him go down like this. Semper Fi brother.
  • by kay Location: lynn haven on May 5, 2012 at 09:43 PM
    I am truly sorry for what has happen to this girl and her family, however I will say, kudos to the ones that understand that, when an investigation starts, Law enforcement is not going to give out lots of info on an on going investigation even to the family at first, once again, sounds like they collected what they needed, they have to have a little time to do there job, but we are a RIGHT now society, if it wasnt solved five min after it happen everyone bashes law enforcement, I have had an investigation going on ref. to a family situation for a couple of years, yes frustrating, however they are doing a good job, so lightedin up on them doing there job,,,so many people look for so many reason to sue someone now days, what needs to be focused on is the healing of this young girl, her family, it is not going to be easy, praying for the family.. also to say I agree with the person that says he should get 80 years and then some....
  • by Rebecca Location: PCB on May 5, 2012 at 07:43 AM
    It sounds like the only head that needs to roll is the person found guilty of this crime. Hopefully the PCPD, with a mis-managed communication system, can review any non-contaminated evidence (By the Community) and testimony, to successfully try the suspect(s). People will be mad/hurt/angry over such an atrocity, but there is a process, that takes time, to punishing the guilty party. Please pray diligently for the victim and her family and focus on who really needs to suffer consequences: the rapist.
  • by Annalisa Location: Panama City on May 5, 2012 at 06:20 AM
    At "Carl" you may need to read the news thing again. It said that the family went after the police left and found the bracelet and shovel and had called the police again to have them come and get the evidence.That was the help to the forensic finding.Glad that this man was found,but still does not solve the worrieness of how things are nowdays.Crime is getting worse.
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      by Shanka on May 6, 2012 at 09:02 AM in reply to Annalisa
      At Annalisa. You didnt read the oother opress release that stated that the forensic evidence found on Friday was the evidence that closed the deal and gave PCPD the suspect. Apparently PCPD did their job after all.
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        by Jerry on May 6, 2012 at 07:43 PM in reply to Shanka
        At Shanka.. The police didnt find the forensic evidence on friday. The victim's aunt found the bracelet and shovel earlier in the week and took it to PCPD. So they did their job after having help from the victim's family.
  • by cc Location: Panama City on May 5, 2012 at 05:31 AM
    Your family are in my prayers. For your daughter, this type of violence isn't just painful, it scares the "soul". I know the last thing you want is advice from me, but use this horrible incident to direct your daughter to the "light". Maybe she can train to be a counselor or even a police officer, now she knows why law enforcement is so important.
  • by cumminsense Location: Georgia on May 5, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    I am so glad the suspect has been arrested in this case. I prayed that the police would find this evil man. PCPD dig a hole and drop him in it for the rest of his life. This young girl involved will never forget this situation, it wrong and the man involved should be given 80 years to serve. No man should never think of taking advantage of a child like this monster has done. America don't need these type of people on the streets praying on our children. So PCPD take that same shovel he used in this attack, dig his hole and drop him in it for life.
  • by Shanka Location: Panama City on May 5, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    Funny. The press release in the paper stated that the evidence collected by the PD the night of the incident was the clincher. The family found stuff on Sunday, but apparently the stuff wasn't the clincher. Is News 7 trying to create controversy by not posting all of the information released?
  • by Carl Location: Glenwood on May 5, 2012 at 04:56 AM
    The police catch this guy on forensic evidene collected Friday. Sounds as the investigation didn't start bad at all if the evidence collected the first day solved the case. In these types of crimes no way the police can make everyone happy when you have community groups bashing the police when they truly don't know on the inside what the Panama City Police Department has, is and what they have done, are doing and what they did the first hour of the investigation. Family and community can't be told all that the police are doing in an investigation.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 07:45 PM
    It's great they found the guy and absolutely RIDICULOUS that the family had to do the investigation-what's wrong with PCPD? Sounds to me like some heads need to roll.
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