Felonious Toenails Lead to Fugitive Apprehension

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

 CROCKETT – Following an arrest in the early morning hours on Oct. 16, a woman accused of assaulting a police officer and slicing the officer’s finger with her toenails provided law enforcement officials with information on the whereabouts of a Houston County man wanted for aggravated robbery.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, “On Oct. 16, at about 3:54 a.m., (Crockett Police Department) Officer Jeffery Dean conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on East Bowie Avenue. The vehicle was registered to Jason Kelley, who had a warrant for his arrest out of Houston County for aggravated robbery, motion to proceed with an adjudication of guilt. During the traffic stop, the occupants of the vehicle (Stephen Edward Alexander and Mileena Ann Martinez) indicated that Kellye was at a home located at 605 Parkway.”

CPD Officers Shane Sandifer and Sgt. Alfredo Fajardo traveled to the Parkway residence in attempt to locate and arrest the 48-year-old Kelley, according to the affidavit.

“When we got there,” the affidavit stated, “Sgt. Fajardo knocked on the residence’s front door which was answered by Kelley. Kelley was then placed under arrest for the warrant and he indicated that he may have contraband in his pocket. Sgt. Fajardo then searched Kelley and found a clear bag that contained a crystal substance, located in Kelley’s shorts’ pocket. Later, the crystal substance was field tested and weighed. The test results showed positive results for methamphetamine and weighed about 1.89 grams.”

Kelley was transported to the Houston County Jail where he was booked into custody on the first degree felony warrant and a third degree felony for possession of a controlled substance.

According to Section 12.32 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than five years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

A third degree felony is punishable by “… imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years.  In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000,” according to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code.

Because of the warrant, Kelley has been “no-bonded” and is held at the Houston County Jail.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.