A New Castle man wanted for the alleged assault last week of a Hermitage woman has been arrested.

Police have filed even more charges against 42-year-old James L. Jones, 42, of 315 N. Shenango St.

Jones was charged yesterday with flight to avoid apprehension, driving while his license is suspended, driving an unregistered vehicle and a traffic violation.

 He allegedly tried to run from police when he was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation early yesterday morning. He got out of the car and ran through the East Side of New Castle off East Washington Street, officers said.

Police upon stopping him had recognized him and knew he was wanted on a warrant from last week’s incident, plus he was wanted on a warrant from the Lawrence County adult probation department.

According to police, Jones allegedly had assaulted his girlfriend in a car on the city’s North Hill on Wednesday, and she went to the hospital with head injuries.  

The 26-year-old girlfriend told police that she and Jones were arguing and he “slammed on the brakes” in the middle of the street and punched her in the face three times.

She said she was going to call the police and he slammed on the brakes again, took her cell phone from her and broke it. She said that as she tried to get out and put one foot on the ground, Jones pushed her from behind out of the car. She screamed for someone to call 911.

He was charged Wednesday with robbery, simple assault, theft, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and criminal mischief in connection with that incident.

He was arraigned yesterday morning by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set his bonds at $2,500 for each of the two offenses. He is in the Lawrence County jail.

(Email: dmorris@ncnewsonline.com)

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