His past caught up with this man
A FUGITIVE with six aliases, 27 convictions and 17 pending cases was arrested in Port Elizabeth this week – after he called police to save him from one of his previous victims
Then, he tried to shoot his way out of the Humewood police station.
Sherman Jones, 33, has a long history of crime – mostly robbery and theft – along the coast between Cape Town and Durban, and there are six warrants of arrest out for him in Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal.
His latest conviction occurred in George last month where he pleaded guilty and paid a fine after being charged with burglary and possession of stolen property.
It is understood that because he pleaded guilty at his first appearance in the George Magistrate’s Court, he was released before police could link him to the other crimes.
But it was the associate of one of his victims – a sheikh he allegedly robbed in Durban six years ago – who sparked the call that led to Jones being re-arrested at The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
Police spokesman Captain Stanley Jarvis said the “habitual criminal” – who also goes by the names Adams Bones, Golding Holding, Moegamat Shaheed, Haliday Jaco, Brandon Cherman and Donovan Mark – phoned police, saying he had been threatened by the associate and believed there was a bounty on his head.
“The police removed him [Jones] from the complex and took him to the police station for questioning,” Jarvis said.
“It was then revealed that there was an outstanding warrant of arrest for him for a robbery in Durban, the same the same case for which the people [at the Boardwalk] recognised him.
“At the station, officers took fingerprints and profiled him, and discovered he was wanted and had numerous convictions and pending cases,” Jarvis said.
Jones was put in a holding cell at the Humewood police station where officers, who saw he was becoming jittery, removed the magazines from their firearms.
As they entered the cell, Jones grabbed a gun from one of the officers and pulled the trigger six times before trying to run away, but found himself in another cell.
“Police gave chase and eventually a big guy brought Jones down, sat on him and handcuffed him.
“Three officers have opened cases of attempted murder and robbery against Jones to add to his rap sheet,” Jarvis said.
Jones then allegedly admitted to robbing the sheikh and said he had buried jewellery and R400,000 in cash in an open field after the robbery.
He claimed that years later – after spending some time in jail – he went back to retrieve his loot, only to find that a school had been built over it.
Jarvis said they were investigating how, with his string of pending cases, Jones had been convicted three times this year and was still not behind bars.
Jones’s rap sheet includes convictions and pending cases dating back to 1989.
Police are also investigating whether he is linked to any crimes in Port Elizabeth.
He is due to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and will then be transported to Durban.