ATLANTA — On Tuesday, Feb. 10, 18-year-old Jordan James Baker; 19-year-old Jonathon O’Neil Myles; and 21-year-old Kaylnn Shiquez Ruthenberg, were arrested for the murder of 21-year-old James Jones Junior.
Jones was murdered while trying to buy an iPhone 6 off of Craigslist in a Marietta neighborhood. Upon arrival, Jones was shot in the neck and shoulder by three men, he was then robbed of his Nike tennis shoes, and left in his car where he eventually died.
The police identified and arrested Baker, Myles, and Ruthenburg in less than 24 hours after the murder. The three were arrested at Ruthenberg’s Franklin Road apartment and charged with felony murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault, they were denied bond on Wednesday.
Officials believe Ruthenberg was the one that shot Jones. Ruthenburg had a previous record for stealing a $1,600 watch in August. Myles also had a record of four felony counts for breaking into vehicles.
Jones was a Daytona Beach, Fla. native, mentor for local elementary and middle schools, former football player and Chemistry major at Clark Atlanta University.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jones’ classmate, Terayle Hill said “Jones was ambitious and a sharp dresser, sporting suits and ties for his classes.”
Jones was not the first person to encounter the three men. According to Channel 2 Action News, on Wednesday Thomas Tuffa attempted to buy the phone off of Craigslist as well. Tuffa stated when he arrived they demanded to see his money, in which he refused and left.
Police encourage everyone to know the dangers of Craigslist. This is the second death in Georgia related to the website in a span of two weeks.
Bud and June Runion from Cobb County were found dead after trying to purchase a vintage Ford Mustang off of Craigslist. In September 2014, Daniel John Zeitz of Roswell was killed while trying to sell a PlayStation 4 on the website.
The metro Atlanta police urge everyone to use caution when meeting strangers, and they ask that those buying and selling online items to meet in a public place like a police station.
On Thursday, at 12 noon in Davage Auditorium in Haven-Warren Hall, CAU will be hosting a memorial service for Jones.