Police: Suspect in attempted assault at TCC taken into custody

Jarod Jamale Jones (Photo: Virginia Beach police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The suspect in an attempted assault at Tidewater Community College was taken into custody Friday in Virginia Beach.

On Wednesday, officials said a man walked into a restroom on TCC’s campus and pointed a gun at an instructor. The victim screamed and the suspect ran out of the bathroom.

Following the incident, students and staff were asked to shelter in place as police searched for the suspect. No one was hurt and the shelter-in-place was lifted shortly after being issued.

Shelter-in-place lifted at TCC Virginia Beach after attempted assault

Jarod Jamale Jones (Photo: Virginia Beach police)

Police say an officer was on Holland Road shortly after 10:00 Friday night and spotted the suspect vehicle. The officer tried to pull the driver over, but the suspect, identified as Jarod Jamale Jones, wouldn’t stop and a pursuit began.

The 38-year-old suspect ended up crashing into a piece of equipment behind Nancy’s Nook on Oceana Boulevard. He then surrendered to police without incident.

According to police, Jones was taken to the hospital with minor injuries sustained during the crash.

Tidewater Community College released the following statement:

Mr. Jones attended classes at TCC from Summer 2014 through Spring 2017.

In accordance with the college’s student affairs policies, Mr. Jones is no longer a student at TCC.”

Jones is facing a long list of charges including brandishing a firearm and abduction, police say. He had a previous arrest warrant for revocation of a suspended sentence as well.

According to an official with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Department, Jones has a history of failing to register as a sex offender. He was convicted of an attempted rape back in the September of 1997.

10 On Your Side is working to learn more information. Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.