Pre-trial hearing scheduled for suspect in kidnapping, rape and shootout

Durelle Jones (Source: Hammond Police Department)
Durelle Jones (Source: Hammond Police Department)

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - A man authorities said broke into a home, kidnapped two women, raped one of them and shot at police officers while trying to make a getaway is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Wednesday.

Durelle Jones, 24, of Hammond faces the following charges:

  • Armed robbery with the use of a firearm (2 counts)
  • Attempted first-degree murder (2 counts)
  • Aggravated rape
  • Second-degree kidnapping (2 counts)

The Hammond Police Department said Jones is suspected of breaking into a home in Hammond and kidnapping two women. He is accused of raping at least one of them. It is believed he stole television sets from the home and a vehicle.

They think he drove to LaPlace and was filling the vehicle with gas when he ran away. According to reports, the women he is suspected of kidnapping got the attention of a clerk inside the store and she called police.

Investigators said after leaving the convenience store, Jones carjacked a vehicle in the LaPlace area. The St. John Parish Sheriff's Office contacted the Hammond Police Department to let officers know the carjacked vehicle was at a Circle K in Hammond.

Detectives said as officers arrived at the convenience store Jones tried to drive off, but the OnStar system shut down the vehicle. Police said Jones ran off and started shooting when officers approached him.

They said they returned fire and hit him twice, but he kept running.

Reports indicate Jones then tried to break into a building, but an alarm sounded and he left.

He was later found hiding underneath a car on a used car lot.

Jones was taken to North Oaks Hospital for treatment for his gunshot wounds.

Authorities said the injuries were not considered life-threatening and he was booked in the parish prison upon his release.

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