Local Arrests

Charges accuse East St. Louis man of falsely reporting shootout

A 45-year-old East St. Louis man has been charged with falsely reporting a shootout at a public housing complex.

Antonio R. Jones, of 7 Godier Drive in East St. Louis, was charged on Sunday with two counts of making a false 911 call and one count of filing a false fire alarm.

The charging document alleges Jones knowingly called 911 “for the purpose of making a false complaint and reporting information that there had been a shootout at the Orr Weather public housing apartments, and (Jones) knew there was no reasonable grounds for making the call” and by making that call, Jones knew that it was possible a public safety agency would respond.

Jones, according to the charges, “knowingly transmitted or caused to be transmitted a fire alarm by manually activating the fire alarm in the Orr Weather public housing complex, while knowing there was no reasonable grounds for believing that a fire existed.”

The charges are Class 4 felonies.

Jones also is charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to state land because he allegedly received notice from the East St. Louis Housing Authority to leave the property, but he remained there.

Bond for Jones is set at $20,000 and he is being held in the St. Clair County Jail.

Cortez Slack, chief of security for East St. Louis Housing Authority, said Jones was not cooperative with police when officers arrived at 11:15 p.m. on Feb. 11.

“He said someone took his cellphone,” Slack said. “But, it went off while we were talking to him. He was asked to leave the premises. He did, but he came back. He called 911and got into an argument with the dispatcher. And, he pulled out a handgun in the building. He was arrested.”

Slack said Jones is not a resident of Orr Weathers and he doesn’t know how Jones entered the complex.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503