CHICAGO — A man has been held without bail after prosecutors said he stabbed a woman to death on the Red Line as they argued.
Arthur Jones, 29, has been charged with murder, aggravated battery of a police officer and trying to disarm an officer, prosecutors said. They said Jones killed a woman he had a relationship with, Jessica Hampton, 25, while they were riding the Red Line.
On Thursday, Jones and Hampton were riding the train together but kept arguing and moving to different cars, prosecutors said. At one point, they sat facing each other and Jones lit either a cigarette or a marijuana cigarette, they said.
“Are you going to have my baby?” Jones asked Hampton, prosecutors said.
Hampton shook her head “no,” prosecutors said.
In response, Jones stood and began to stab Hampton multiple times, prosecutors said. When she fell, he dragged her and then slit her throat several times, they said.
Two witnesses saw the incident and identified Jones as the attacker, prosecutors said. A video also shows the incident.
An officer responding to the incident saw Jones on his phone after the stabbing, according to court documents. Jones let go of the phone while he was arrested. The officer asked Jones where the knife was and Jones said he had thrown it, according to court documents.
Afterwards, while at a hospital where he was given stitches for an injury in his arm, Jones pushed an officer with his body and tried to disarm another officer, according to court documents.
Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Jones held without bail, calling him a “real, present threat.”
Jones was not present. He was at St. Bernard Hospital undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, an officer told the court.
Jones has a history of violent and CTA-related crimes, court records show.
Jones was previously convicted of battery in 2006 and sentenced to 18 months of anger-management classes, according to court records. When he failed to complete the classes, he was later sentenced to community service and time in Cook County Jail.
From 2011 to 2013, Jones racked up four convictions for CTA-related crimes, including selling contraband on CTA property and engaging in unsafe conduct on the CTA. In all, he was sentenced to four days in county jail.
In 2015, Jones was charged with having weapons and a sound-emitting device on the CTA, but those charges were dropped when the complaining witness failed to appear in court.
He was also charged in 2014 with selling contraband and engaging in disorderly conduct on the CTA; those charges were also dropped, records show.
Jones has served time in Cook County Jail for 2014 retail theft and trespassing convictions, a 2013 resisting-arrest conviction and a 2005 trespassing conviction, according to court records.
He was found guilty of illegally distributing cigarettes in 2008 and 2006, and was sentenced to court supervision.
In March 2008, Jones was convicted of felony residential burglary, records show. He was sentenced to two years probation, which was revoked in December 2008 after Jones missed multiple court dates. A judge then sentenced Jones to four years in prison.
Additionally, Jones pleaded guilty in 2004 to reckless conduct and attempting to obstruct an officer. Jones was 18 at the time. It was not immediately clear Friday whether he had a juvenile record.
Jones’ next court date is Monday.
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