Quitman Co. sheriff's office arrests alleged rapist

Source: Quitman County Sheriff's Office
Source: Quitman County Sheriff's Office

Press Release

Several agents with the U. S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force from Atlanta, GA converged on Georgetown early Tuesday morning in search of a man wanted on numerous felony charges including Forcible Rape and Aggravated Assault.  

Task Force Agents and Quitman County Deputies surrounded two houses located on Bishop Drive shortly after 9:00 a.m. only to find that their target, Terry Lee Jones, had left walking prior to their arrival. 

Jones was spotted by Sheriff Steve Newton in a residential area several blocks South of Bishop Drive and immediately fled into a wooded area near the intersection of State Road 82 and Highway 27 North. More than a dozen U. S. Marshal Task Force Agents and several Quitman County Deputies sealed off the area and begin searching door to door for the fugitive.

A half hour later, authorities observed Jones, age 43, entering a relative's home several blocks from where he had fled from authorities and was taken into custody without incident.

"We set a perimeter and sealed off a one square-mile area to prevent his escape and were able to take him into custody before he could get a ride out," said Chief Deputy Eddie Ingram. 

One arrest warrant stated that Jones broke into an apartment, beat and sexually assaulted a female inside the residence. That incident occurred at a public housing complex in Atlanta where Jones was employed as a maintenance man.

Jones girlfriend, Rashawn Monique Edmonds, age 34, of Georgetown was also taken into custody by Deputies and charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Criminal.

"Jones has an extensive criminal history and was being sought for numerous felony charges in three different counties in the Metro Atlanta area. He's already served prison time and certainly someone we don't need in our community," said Sheriff Steve Newton.

An investigation by the U. S. Marshal's Service determined that Jones fled the Atlanta area in November, 2009 shortly after the alleged rape and had been hiding out in Quitman County with friends and relatives.

Source: Quitman County Sheriff's Office