Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Cayleb Seth Jones, age 25, of Los Angeles, California has been charged* with Theft by Temporary Control (a Felony), Interference with an Emergency Call (a Gross Misdemeanor), and Domestic Assault (a Misdemeanor) in connection with an argument and physical confrontation with his girlfriend which occurred in an Eagan hotel on August 28, 2018.
The facts alleged in the criminal complaint filed today include:
At approximately 2:30 p.m., a '911' call was made by a woman who advised that her boyfriend had put his hands on her. As this woman told the dispatcher her boyfriend was leaving, the line disconnected suddenly. When the dispatcher immediately returned the call, a male answered and hung up. When police arrived, the victim, who resides with Jones in California, said that she had gotten into an argument with Jones which became both verbal and physical and, at one point, Jones picked her up and threw her down. After further pushing and shoving occurred, the victim gathered her belongings and left the room. The argument continued in the hallway where Jones kicked the victim. The victim then told Jones she was calling the police and went into the elevator. The victim said Jones intercepted the elevator on the second floor and when the door opened, he smacked the phone out of her hand, picked it up, and left.
Officers observed a rug burn on the victim's left hand, left knee and left shin, a scratch on her neck and a broken nail on her hand. The victim attempted to ping her phone using her iPad, but was unable to do so. Neither the victim nor officers were able to locate the phone. Two witnesses in the hotel confirmed hearing loud noises and a disturbance during this confrontation.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which is available online at: http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/CriminalComplaint/Pages/default.aspx. If in custody, mug shots can be viewed at: Inmate Search.
Jones made his first court appearance on these charges today. Judge Richelle M. Wahi set bail in the amount of $5,000 without conditions and $1,000 with conditions. Jones' next court date is scheduled for October 4, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Backstrom commented: "Any incident of domestic violence is a serious matter."
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.