By Patti Weaver


  (Stillwater, Okla.) — A Yale man has admitted breaking into a Cushing couple’s rural home and attacking a sleeping man with a baseball bat in 2019, as well as pointing a gun at his ex-girlfriend and hitting her in the back of her head in rural Stillwater in 2020, court records showed today.
    Travis Allen Jones, 42, had been free on $75,000 total bail when he failed to appear in court and was jailed on March 31 — until Tuesday when he pleaded guilty to all of his charges with an agreement that he would be released from custody on a personal recognizance bond to enroll in the Payne County Drug Court program.
    Under the agreement with the prosecution, if Jones successfully completes Drug Court, he will be placed on probation for nine years, but if he fails to complete Drug Court, he will be given a 10-year prison term at his sentencing on Nov. 15, 2022, before Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler.
    In his newer case, an ex-girlfriend said she was attacked shortly before 8 pm on Sept. 2, 2020, when she went to a house near Ingalls to look at a vehicle, an affidavit said.
    She said that Jones arrived and ordered her at gunpoint to get in his truck, which she refused to do, an affidavit said. She said after she went into a shed where the vehicle was located, “Jones came up behind her and hit her in the back of the head,” an affidavit said.
    “I observed about a golf ball size bloody knot on the back of (her) head,” Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy David Sloan wrote in an affidavit.
    The woman said “she has a protective order against Jones through Pawnee County,” effective until Aug. 16, 2023, the affidavit said.
    She told the deputy “after Jones struck her in the head, he left the residence,” the affidavit said.
    “Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Henninger and I attempted to make contact with Jones at his residence,” in rural Yale, Deputy Sloan wrote in his affidavit.
    Jones’ truck turned into the driveway of a neighbor’s home where no one would come to the door, the affidavit said.
    About six weeks after a warrant was issued for Jones’ arrest in that 2020 case, he was apprehended and released from the Payne County Jail on $50,000 bail, court records show.
    In Jones’ earlier case, Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Korey Carruba was sent at 2:40 am on July 30, 2019, to the couple’s rural Cushing home where the front door frame was broken, another affidavit said.
    The man, who had bruises on his right upper arm and left abdominal area, as well as on his right and left shins, said he did not want any medical treatment for his injuries, the affidavit said.
    The woman, who had a bruise on her right arm near the inside of her elbow and scratch marks on her upper chest area, also said she did not need medical treatment, the affidavit said.
    The man said “he was asleep in his bedroom and was woken up to Mr. Jones hitting him across the shins with a baseball bat multiple times,” the affidavit said. The man said, “Mr. Jones hit him in the stomach and upper arm as he was trying to protect himself,” the affidavit said.
    The woman said she woke up to Jones hitting the man with the bat, the affidavit said.
    She said, “Jones had a bright headlamp on so she could not see very well,” but became aware that it was Jones and started yelling at him to leave, the affidavit said.
    The man said “as Mr. Jones stopped hitting him with the bat and left the residence, Mr. Jones was walking along the exterior of the house and busted the bedroom window,” before leaving in his pickup truck, the affidavit said.
    The man said, “he believed that Mr. Jones was agitated about him giving Mr. Jones’ girlfriend a ride to Pawnee,” the affidavit said. He said that the girlfriend, who was not the woman at the rural Cushing house, “may have started a rumor of some sort,” the affidavit said.
    The deputy said that as he finished taking pictures of the damaged door and bedroom window, the woman told him, “Mr. Jones had been texting her after he left,” the affidavit said.
    “I read over the messages and Mr. Jones stated he was going to get another individual,” later identified as a man in Pawnee County, the affidavit said.
    Jones also texted that the Cushing man “had another one coming from him,” the affidavit said.
    “I attempted to make contact with Mr. Jones at his residence, but was unable to get anyone to answer the door,” although a pickup matching the description of the one Jones had left in was at the residence, the affidavit said.
    Jones was arrested in that case in August of 2019 and freed on $25,000 bail, court records show.