By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man was arraigned Wednesday on charges of punching a city jailer in the face and violating a protective order obtained by an older male relative — whom he had admitted punching in the face.

Cory Alexander Jones, 29, remains jailed on $32,500 total bail on his latest charges including possessing methamphetamine six days after he had been released from the county jail on pleading guilty to domestic violence and drunk driving.

Jones was arrested at 12:22 pm on May 24 in the parking lot of the Payne County Courthouse after his relative went inside to report that Jones had come to his house — which he had been ordered not to do, according to an affidavit by Stillwater Police Officer Eric McKinney.

His relative, with whom Jones had previously been living, said Jones “was dropped off at his house by some of Cory’s friends,” who said “Cory was too high for them to take care of,” the affidavit alleged.

His relative said “he told Cory that he could not be at his house; however, Cory refused to leave…he offered to drive Cory to some other friend’s house, but Cory refused that as well…(he) told Cory to get into his car which Cory did. (He) then drove to the Payne County Courthouse and left Cory in the car while he went inside to report the violation,” the affidavit alleged.

In the courthouse parking lot, “Cory was holding a package of cigarettes, his wallet and what I initially thought was an empty box of cigarettes,” that actually contained three zip lock baggies with a substance, which field-tested as methamphetamine, McKinney alleged in his affidavit. After Jones was arrested, Jones was reported to being combative in the city jail at 7:02 pm on May 24, Stillwater Police Officer Damian Neiswanger alleged in an affidavit filed last week with his felony charge of assault and battery on a corrections officer.

The city jailer said “they were trying to get the dinner tray back from Cory, but he would not give it back,” and when officers went inside his cell, Jones punched a jailer in the left side of his face, the affidavit alleged. “Another detention officer deployed a Taser into Cory and they were able to get the door closed,” but could not retrieve the probes of the Taser until Lt. David Duncan was able to grab his right arm and restrain him, the affidavit alleged. “We again gave Cory multiple commands to put his left hand out so that we could place him in handcuffs, but he again refused. I then used my collapsible baton and pushed on pressure points under the breast bone and rib cage of Cory. During this time, Cory would attempt to grab my baton and take it from me with his free hand. Cory was still uncooperative with us until he finally put his other arm through the hole;” after Jones was handcuffed, the jail door could be opened to retrieve the Taser probes, Neiswanger alleged in his affidavit. At Jones’ sentencing on May 18 for punching his relative Jones was placed on 18 months’ probation with an order to have individual counseling for 12 months or until released by his counselor. Jones was also placed on six years’ probation for drunk driving in Stillwater on Aug. 22, 2020, with conditions including random drug tests.

When his male relative was asked what caused the Dec. 29, 2020, domestic violence incident that allegedly included sexual battery, a felony count dropped by the prosecution, “He told me he does not know what made Cory snap the way he did. He believes that Cory is possibly under the influence of methamphetamine,” Stillwater Police Officer Charles Rivas wrote in an affidavit.

After that arrest, “Cory admitted to punching (his relative). He told me he had to do it to save his family. I asked what he was saving his family from that would require him to punch (the older man). Cory told me he punched him to save his family from the coronavirus,” the officer wrote in his affidavit.