Armed Robber Out On $0 Bond Shoots At Kids, Is Released Without Bail Again

Pasadena Police Chief Josh Bruegger admonished Harris County Criminal Court Judge Chris Morton on Tuesday.

Pasadena, TX – The Pasadena police chief has publicly admonished a criminal court judge for repeatedly releasing an accused armed robber from jail with nothing more than the suspect’s signature as a promise to show up at his court hearing.

The Pasadena Police Department has also released dashcam footage showing the armed suspect as he turned to aim his gun at a pursuing officer just before the officer struck him with a patrol car (video below).

Ja’Kouri Jones, 18, has carried out five armed robberies at pharmacies in the area, fired a gun at a witness and the witness’s children, and led officers on a pursuit as he ran with a bag of cash in one hand and a firearm in the other, Pasadena Police Chief Josh Bruegger said in a video release on Tuesday.

“Today, I learned that Ja’Kouri Jones was released from jail on a PR, or personal bond,” Chief Bruegger explained. “What this means is that the defendant was allowed to leave jail, and guaranteed his promise to appear, by just his signature.”

“Obviously, I’m very disappointed with this outcome,” Chief Bruegger said. “Mr. Jones terrorized our city by pointing a gun at store clerks…[and] shot at a witness and his children.”

Police originally arrested Jones on Jan. 6, just two days after he allegedly committed two armed robberies in Pasadena.

One of those robberies occurred at a Walgreen’s store, where Jones allegedly fired eight rounds at a man and his children when they tried to follow him, KPRC reported.

He was charged for unlawfully carrying a handgun, but he was let out of jail on a “PR bond,” the chief said.

While out of jail on the initial offense, Jones went on to carry out two more aggravated armed robberies on Jan. 13, Chief Bruegger said.

After he held up the first store, Pasadena police immediately surrounded other pharmacies in the area in the event Jones struck twice in the same night, as he had before, KPRC reported.

As they predicted, Jones soon emerged from a CVS store carrying a bag of cash and a handgun, dashcam footage showed.

The armed suspect took off on foot, so the officer began pursuing him with his patrol vehicle.

But when Jones turned towards the officer to aim his gun at him, the officer accelerated, and struck the fleeing suspect with the cruiser, the video showed.

"The suspect turns and points the weapon back in the officer's direction. The officer knew at that point he was in fear of his own life and had to make a decision to stop the threat at that point,” the chief told KPRC at the time.

Jones was subsequently charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated assault, Chief Bruegger said.

On Monday, a fifth aggravated robbery charge was added, KTRK reported.

Jones allegedly fired his weapon twice during that hold-up, according to the news outlet.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office requested that Jones be held on a high bond on two separate occasions, but both were denied.

Although Jones faces the possibility of “multiple life sentences,” Harris County 230th Criminal Court Judge Chris Morton released him again on his own recognizance, Chief Bruegger said.

“Our officers worked diligently to capture this suspect, endangering their own lives,” Chief Bruegger noted in the video release.

“It’s disappointing that you have a defendant charged with multiple violent felonies, including armed robbery and shooting at witnesses, that’s allowed to walk out of the front doors of the jail with just his signature [to assure] that he’ll appear in court again,” he said.

Chief Bruegger told KTRK that Jones is a “violent person,” and that his release into the community is a “threat to public safety.”

Jones’ attorney argued that he is required to wear a GPS monitor, must abide by a curfew, and is only allowed to leave to go to court, medical appointments, school, and her office, KTRK reported.

You can watch dashcam footage of the officer chasing after the armed suspect in the video below:

Comments (38)
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Budman
Budman

No bond for several violent felonies just sign and out of jail!! Liberal state bunch of leftists douche bags!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Ja’Kouri Jones, 18, has carried out >>five <<armed robberies..., fired a gun at a witness and the witness’s children, and led officers on a pursuit as he ran with a bag of cash in one hand and a firearm in the other,"

JJ will soon be dead. Harsh? Better he than any innocent bystander who has crossed paths with this social issue mess..... and JJ Mama ?-don't even think about crying a river when it happens. It is not if it happens ,it is when. JJ Mama you messed up as a "parent" so now is your last chance to redeem yourself.

CRESCENTSTAR
CRESCENTSTAR

There is a 50 cent solution. It's called a double tap.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

Does anyone think GPS tracking will stop him from committing more crimes??? How many businesses are in his path of travel to those places he is allowed to go to??? Don't bet your wages on this holding up..

lrogers664
lrogers664

This judge needs a new job. Public Defender's Office perhaps?

CraigS
CraigS

This is the best case scenario because he will probably be killed faster out on the street and the taxpayers can save millions of dollars by not having to pay for his prison sentence for 60 years.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

If the officer had slammed on the brake as soon as he ran over this person he would, at a minimum, be in a wheelchair for life.

JBo
JBo

I was a bit surprised that this was Texas and not California.

4bconsulting
4bconsulting

There is a solution to this shit the next time that he points a gun at a LEO.

Milman
Milman

Obviously Jones must be working for the Judge! Time to vote this Judge out!

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

"Jones’ attorney argued that he is required to wear a GPS monitor, must abide by a curfew, and is only allowed to leave to go to court, medical appointments, school, and her office, KTRK reported." Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ah ha ha . We are doomed.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

Judge's nephew.

Ml032206
Ml032206

It is time to have a judicial investigation on the Judge. Also, I imagine he could be held liable in civil court, as the requirement for guilt are less stringent.

Back-The-Blue Carrie
Back-The-Blue Carrie

Is the judge splitting the take? We need a law that ALL judges be elected and their decisions be made public before election time. The judicial system needs a complete overhaul!

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

I wanna see a picture of this asshole judge.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

Doubt he's a nephew, but they probably have some traits in common. All I've got to say.

Lamont Cranston
Lamont Cranston

That judge needs to be fired.

Heatherlynn
Heatherlynn

This judge has no idea of what the term "clear and present danger" means.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another bleeding heart, hug-a-thug liberal judge not doing his job. He should be fired forthwith.👎

365
365

Another great example of why good guys need guns. If the judge won't protect you, and because of him/her the police can't protect you, you must be prepared to protect yourself.

Berniejugs1
Berniejugs1

This is how our system is bad and how it will get people killed.

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

Jones’ attorney argued that he is required to wear a GPS monitor, must abide by a curfew, and is only allowed to leave to go to court, medical appointments, school, and her office, KTRK reported.

Let us know how that works out you idiot attorney and judge

slo1942
slo1942

SAVAGE !!!!!! ASSHOLE Judge !!!!!!

Nan2be
Nan2be

I'm new to all this, but I'm surprised this is a Texas judge. I can't wrap my head around this one- at all.

Cshout1
Cshout1

No wonder we are not safe in our own beds. Judge needs to be disrobed!!

Rabit1
Rabit1

Whay wasnt the lowlife killed on the spot. Done dael no more threats

NickyJ
NickyJ

Another bleeding heart Liberal.

jakesj40
jakesj40

Next time he points a gun at police officers, fry his criminal a--.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

POS! #truferblue

3dbailbonds
3dbailbonds

This is terrible. A continuation of the national anarchy called bail reform. Here are the top 10 reasons you should hold people accountable and post bail.