Trucker Indicted in Brutal Stabbing of Fellow Trucker Over Truck Stop Parking Dispute
Clear Brook, VA – A California trucker has been indicted in the stabbing of a fellow truck driver at a truck stop in Virginia last year.
Last week, a Frederick County grand jury indicted 55-year-old truck driver Charles Edward Jones, of Moreno Valley, CA, on the charge of malicious wounding and stabbing in commission of a felony.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred 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, a dispute began when the victim, identified as Rodney Foley, knocked on the door of Jones’ 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.
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (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.
Authorities indicated Foley identified Jones from a photo lineup and from surveillance video of him walking into a Denny’s shortly before the altercation.
Investigators later tracked Jones’s white Freightliner, which he drove from the scene, to a San Bernardino, CA, trucking company that employed Jones.
Jones was a fugitive until he was arrested on March 5, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD) and extradited to Virginia.
He remains in custody at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Frederick County.