PHENIX CITY, AL (WXTX) - Police say they have connected a Phenix City teen to several violent crimes in the city, including the kidnapping of a mother and her two children.
Sixteen-year-old Marquavious Jones was arrested Wednesday and charged with Robbery 1st Degree (Class A Felony), Robbery 3rd Degree, as well as three counts of Kidnapping 1st Degree. The charges stem from two separate incidents.
On June 26th, Phenix City Police got a call that a young black man stole a truck that was left running in the parking lot of the Bizzy Bee convenience store in the 1700 block of Crawford Road. Police say the offender was Jones.
At the time the truck was taken, there were two small children inside and their mother was beside it using the air pump to inflate a small pool for them. As Jones started to drive off, police say one child jumped out of the passenger side door and their mother jumped into bed of the truck, trying to stop him.
Phenix City officials tell WXTX Jones drove for a short distance and, realizing the mother was in the bed of the truck, abandoned it and ran off. The mother and her children were taken to the Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.
Then on Tuesday, June 29th, police say Jones hijacked another car in the 1300 block of 19th Avenue. The victim told officers Jones pointed a pistol at him during the crime.
Due to the nature of these crimes, police say Jones is being charged as an adult and is being held at the Russell County Jail.