Fugitive Trucker Accused in Truck Stop Stabbing Last Year is Arrested
Clear Brook, VA – A California trucker accused of stabbing a fellow truck driver at a truck stop in Virginia last year has been arrested.
According to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), 55-year-old truck driver Charles Edward Jones, of Moreno Valley, CA, was arrested on March 5, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD) and extradited to Virginia last week.
Jones was then charged with malicious wounding and stabbing in commission of a felony stemming from an incident on November 21, 2019, at a Pilot Flying J truck stop located at 1530 Rest Church Road in Clear Brook.
According to an affidavit obtained by Transportation Nation Network (TNN) through the Winchester Star, the dispute began when the victim, identified as Rodney Foley, knocked on the door of Jones’s semi-truck and asked him to move so another driver could park.
It is unclear if Jones complied, but Foley says that a short time later Jones angrily approached and assaulted him.
Foley indicated to investigators that Jones attempted to punch him and he then attempted to fend off the attack by punching back and striking Jones several times.
Foley says Jones fell to his knees during the altercation and seemed to have been subdued.
However, Jones then allegedly stood up and placed Foley in a bear hug and stabbed him in his chest.
FCSO investigators said Foley suffered an injury to his lung with the stab wound missing his heart by only two inches.
He underwent emergency surgery at a nearby hospital.
As for Jones, he left the scene before authorities arrived and was a fugitive until he was arrested earlier this month.
Authorities indicated Foley later identified Jones from a photo lineup.
Investigators were able to get a number off of Jones’s white Freightliner he drove from the scene.
According to the search warrant, authorities then tracked it to a San Bernardino, CA, trucking company that employs Jones.
He is currently being held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Frederick County.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the case.