Arrest Made in Oroville Felony Assault

Jun 25, 2013 2:27 PM

New developments tonight in the case of a pregnant Oroville woman now fighting for her life after what police have, for now, labeled a felony assault.
Police have arrested the woman's boyfriend, Olabaku Jones for domestic violence saying evidence does not support his claim that she slipped and fell, but more serious charges could be coming.
"It was only the two present at the time. That's why it is difficult for us to piece together, because obviously the victim is unable to give us a statement at this time and the suspect is unwilling to give us the full details," Oroville Police Lt. Al Byers said.
That's why Oroville Police detectives returned to the Spencer Avenue home Jones shared with his 33-year-old girlfriend Tuesday, gathering additional evidence in the case against the 43-year-old.
Investigators went to the home early Monday after a doctor raised questions about the head injuries Jones said his girlfriend suffered when she slipped and fell.
"Through some interviews and the collection of evidence, we determined that Mr. Jones was responsible for the injuries," Byers said
Although police have arrested Jones on domestic violence charges, they still have not released a motive or details about the alleged assault.
"We are still ongoing with the investigation. We're getting limited information from the person that was involved. We are trying to forensically piece together exactly what occurred,” Byers said.
As investigators continue gathering evidence, Jones is being held on $1 million bail.
That amount is consistent with a murder charge and was reportedly granted because of the severity of the woman's injuries.
Sources tell Action News Now that the victim was in the early stages of pregnancy
"The injuries were critical and possibly life threatening. We are still waiting for an update from the hospital to determine where this is going to end up,” Byers said
Jones was convicted of sexual battery in 2005 and sentenced to four years in state prison.
Court records also list a forgery conviction as well as several charges for driving on a suspended license.


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