Jayden Anthony Jones

Jayden Anthony Jones

Ocean City Police arrested a Princess Anne man last weekend after allegedly committing a sexual offense at a laundromat early in the morning.

Jayden Anthony Jones, 20, was arrested at approximately 5 a.m. on July 16 near 33rd Street and charged with assault, fourth-degree sex offense, indecent exposure, and disorderly conduct.

Police were called to a motel near 20th street earlier that morning after a woman from New York called to report a sexual assault.

According to court documents, the woman told officers she was at a nearby laundromat washing clothes by herself when Jones walked in and asked for the time. The woman said the man was friendly and conversational, though at times he would randomly turn his head and talk to himself in sporadic utterances.

The woman also reported that Jones had told her he recently got a ticket for smoking on the Boardwalk. Police said they used that information to identify Jones as the suspect.

Police said the woman continued her story, saying Jones said he wanted to have sex with someone, and he kept getting closer and closer to her. At one point, she said, he picked up her phone, typed in an address, and told her he wanted to take her to that address and make her a “Marylander.”

During the encounter, the woman said, Jones kept telling her how attractive she was and then pressed his crotch against her buttocks multiple times. She asked him to stop, reports read, and said she had a boyfriend. When the woman tried to get away to meet her boyfriend outside, Jones grabbed her bag of laundry, refused to give it back, and followed her outside.

When the woman’s boyfriend arrived, police said, she got into his car, but so did Jones despite being told not to.

Jones, the woman said, kept asking the woman and her boyfriend if he could stay at their motel with them and after about 10 minutes of arguing, the woman ordered him to leave. Jones exited the vehicle, and the couple drove away before calling 911.

Police spotted Jones riding a bicycle at approximately 5 a.m. and stopped him. Police said Jones confessed to meeting the woman earlier in the night at the laundromat and pressing against her. Jones also said he liked the girl, according to police, and wanted to have sex with her.

Jones was seen by a judge in Worcester County District Court in Snow Hill on July 18 and after a hearing, was held without bond. He is due back in court on Aug. 17 in Ocean City.

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