Smithton man suspected of online threats arrested on charges

| July 11, 2018
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PETTIS COUNTY, MO – Law enforcement in Pettis County obtained a warrant Tuesday for a Smithton man accused of felony stalking.

According to a probable cause statement, Joshua Everett Jones, 36, is accused of being responsible for Facebook posts that appear to offer payment for the death of another person. The victim, also a resident of Smithton, told police she could not identify the man who apparently took her picture. When questioned by law enforcement, she claimed no knowledge of the man, or his intentions. The picture was found posted online with the alleged threat attached. Law enforcement was informed July 3 by other witnesses regarding Jones’ post, which reportedly offers nearly $3,000 for some form of retribution to be taken on the reported victim. A warrant for first degree stalking was granted after law enforcement failed to make a solid case for conspiracy to commit murder.

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