A Salem man faces four felony charges in connection to an alleged Monday attack which led to hospitalization of a female victim, according to documents filed in circuit court.
Lester R. Jones, 59, is charged with first-degree domestic assault resulting in serious physical injuries, first-degree burglary, armed criminal action and third-degree domestic assault. Jones additionally faces a misdemeanor charge of second-degree property damage. His bond was set at $500,000.
Jones was arrested after law enforcement responded at 2:10 p.m. Monday to a disturbance reported in the 1800 block of South Oak Street, according to the cause probable cause report. Upon arrival, officers with the Salem Police Department and Dent County Sheriff’s Office surrounded an apartment unit where a neighbor reported hearing a loud bang. Jones was ordered by officers to surrender. A female with serious facial injuries was subsequently allowed to exit. She was followed by Jones, who was taken into custody without further incident.
The victim told law enforcement Jones kicked in her door with such force its frame broke. Once inside, she said Jones struck her in the face with his fist multiple times. She said he also grabbed a large hunting-style knife, told her he was going to kill her and lunged at her while wielding the weapon.
The report states when Jones detected the arrival of police in the parking lot he hid the knife in a kitchen drawer. It was seized as evidence by law enforcement. A dirty boot print on the apartment’s door matching the tread of Jones’ footwear is also cited in the report.
The report states the victim was bleeding from the face and a large amount of blood was smeared on the floor of the apartment along with clumps of her hair. The victim was transported to the hospital with serious physical injuries and later taken to St. Louis for treatment. Her diagnosis is listed as broken facial bones.
During an interview at the Salem Police Department the report states Jones admitted to assaulting the victim but denied kicking in the apartment’s door or possessing a knife.