Pa. Woman In Jail After Taunting Green County Deputies
A Pennsylvania woman who made the Greene County sheriff’s top wanted list was arrested in West Virginia on Monday after she taunted the sheriff’s department on its Facebook page.
Chloe Ellen Jones, 23, of Marianna, was ranked second on the sheriff’s department’s “top wanted people,” which they posted on their Facebook page March 27. Jones commented on the post, “Do you guys do pick up or delivery?” followed by four laughing emojis.
Jones, who was wanted for failure to appear for plea court on assault charges, was scrutinized for her comment by other Greene County residents on Facebook. Her initial comment received 89 replies. Jones defended herself by saying that the reason she didn’t show up for her court date was because she was at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.
In a statement released Thursday, the sheriff’s department said it had received an anonymous tip for Jones’ whereabouts in Morgantown. The department notified Morgantown police, who arrested her Monday evening.
“While Jones was evading capture, she received an additional warrant for failing to appear for a court hearing on unrelated charges,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a news release.
Jones is still in jail in Morgantown, according to the sheriff’s department. Following her arrest, the department posted this on its Facebook page:
“Ms. Chloe Jones and her witty comments are taking a hiatus from our Facebook comments section due to the jail not having internet for her to use,” the post said. “Thank you to the citizens of Greene County, Monongalia County and many others for your tips that led to her arrest.”
Residents again took to that post to commend the sheriff’s department for their “pickup and delivery.” One commenter, Travis Lemley, of Clarksville, wrote, “They picked her up and delivered her straight to jail!”
The Facebook posts were picked up by national media, including The New York Post and the Associated Press.
The sheriff’s office stated that it recently created a Facebook page for “purposes of transparency” and sharing information, events and activities. Since the March 27 post, six of the people on their top 10 most wanted list have been apprehended and one turned himself in, “with the assistance of law enforcement and concerned citizens,” according to the statement.
“Deputies have worked diligently to follow up on tips for the different wanted individuals received through the Facebook post,” the news release said.
Interim Sheriff Marcus Simms called the Facebook page a “valuable asset” to his department when it comes to “bringing wanted persons to justice.
“We owe a great deal of gratitude to the citizens and law enforcement of our county and the surrounding counties,” Simms said.