PRESS RELEASE - Theodore Jones Arrest

Theodore George Jones

Theodore George Jones




              Arrest Made in Vicious Dog Attack



On March 10 at approximately 10:15am, officers from the Marshall Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau and the MPD Patrol Bureau located and arrested Theodore George Jones at Motel 6 in Marshall, Texas. Jones had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for Attack by Dog stemming from an incident that occurred on February 9,

2015. Jones was identified and placed under arrest without incident.



On February 9, 2015 at 8:45 am, 83 year old retired educator Sarah Harper was attacked in her front yard by two pit bull type dogs in the 2900 block of Evans St. The attack was interrupted by Trent Sparks, a passerby who came to Ms. Harper’s aid and called 911

for assistance.  Ms. Harper was rushed to the hospital by Marshall FD EMS. Ms. Harper, a great-grandmother and longtime Marshall resident, remains in ICU while she recovers.


Investigation revealed that the two dogs were owned by Theodore Jones and that he had left them unattended and loose in his yard. The Texas Health and Safety Code Section

822.005 (Attack by Dog) states that an individual may be held criminally responsible if the individual is negligent and fails to secure a dog and the dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person resulting in serious bodily injury. An arrest warrant was issued for Jones on February 26, 2015, and MPD has been looking for him since then. The dogs involved in the mauling were seized by Marshall Animal Control and subsequently euthanized.


“The citizens of Marshall need to be aware of the serious responsibility that goes along with dog ownership. It is crucial that dog owners take the necessary steps to prevent unfortunate incidents like this,” MPD Chief Jesus Eddie Campa cautioned, “The Marshall Police Department takes these situations very seriously and will thoroughly investigate them when they occur.”


“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Harper and her family.  We are hopeful she has a full and speedy recovery,” Chief Campa concluded.


Lt. Len Ames








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