A 60-year-old Mount Vernon man is accused of retaliation or obstruction. The man was arrested at his residence by Texas Ranger Greg Wilson and Hopkins County officials on a warrant for the charge.
According to Texas Penal Code, Title 8, Chapter 36.06, a person commits obstruction or retaliation if “the person intentionally or knowingly harms or threatens to harm another by an unlawful act in retaliation for or on account of the service or status of another as a public servant, witness, prospective witness, or informant, or person who has reported or who the actor knows intends to report the occurrence of a crime or prevent or delay the service of another as a public servant, witness, prospective witness, or informant or person who has reported or who the actor knows intends to report the occurrence of a crime. A person may also commit the offense of obstruction or retaliation if the person posts on a publicly accessible website the residence address or telephone number of an individual the actor knows is a public servant or a member of a public servant’s family or household with the intent to cause harm or a threat of harm to the individual or a member of the individual’s family or household in retaliation for or on account of the service or status of the individual as a public servant.”
The offense is alleged in arrest reports to have occurred in Franklin County on Jan. 11. The investigation was conducted by Texas Ranger Greg Wilson, who obtained a warrant for Robby Gerald Jones’ arrest on Jan. 12. On Jan. 13, assisted by Hopkins County authorities, a search warrant was executed at Jones’ residence in Mount Vernon. Jones was taken into custody at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at his residence by Ranger Wilson and transported by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Alvin Jordan to Hopkins County jail.
Jones, who jail reports show is also known by the aliases Ronald Davis, Kevin Jackson, Lawrence Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Ronald Jones, Michael McKnight and James Wilson, remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday morning, Jan. 14, awaiting arraignment on the felony obstruction or retaliation charge.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.