PALMDALE – A 42-year-old Palmdale man was charged with attempted murder Friday for allegedly shooting his girlfriend during an argument in their Palmdale home.
Angelo Christopher Jones was charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.
The shooting allegedly took place on Monday, but Jones’ 34-year-old girlfriend (name withheld) did not seek treatment for her gunshot wound or report the incident to law enforcement until two days later, authorities said.
“The victim didn’t want to go to the hospital because of fear of the suspect and because she believed she had some outstanding warrants,” said Palmdale Community Relations deputy Robbie Royster. “She was afraid to get any type of care or any help from law enforcement.”
Royster said Palmdale Sheriff’s Station became aware of the incident around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when a woman called the station and said her sister had been shot and was currently at a home in the 40300 Block of 16th Street West in Palmdale.
The woman told deputies she had tried to take her sister to the hospital, but her sister had refused, Royster said.
“Deputies went ahead and surrounded the location and ordered everybody out of the home in order to find this girl with the gunshot wound,” Royster said. “They detained three individuals out of the home, but none of those individuals was suffering from a gunshot wound or was the victim they were looking for.”
Several deputies did a “primary sweep” of the house, but could not find the victim, Royster said. They continued to question the three people from the home, until someone revealed that the victim was hiding in a crawl space in the house, Royster said.
“Deputies were able to reassure her that they were there to help her out in whatever happened,” Royster said. “They ascertained that the gunshot wound had stemmed from a domestic violence incident approximately two days before.”
The victim told deputies she had been arguing with Jones on Monday, when he pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds in her direction, hitting her in the calf, Royster said.
“The wound was a through and through, it went into the shin area and exited near the back calf area,” Royster said.
The woman suffered though the injury for two days, until her sister came to the house and noticed the gunshot wound, Royster said. When the woman refused her sister’s help, her sister left the home and called authorities, Royster said.
Deputies spent over two hours searching the home and questioning its occupants before finding the woman in the crawl space, Royster said. Once found, she was immediately transported to the hospital for treatment. Information on the woman’s warrants was not immediately available, and as of Friday, the woman had not been arrested or taken into custody.
“The greater need is trying to get her medical treatment right away for her injuries and working with her,” Royster said. “I’m not saying that she is not going to have to face the criminal charges that she had hanging over her in the future, but our number one priority is to preserve life and then the other stuff we can work with, one step at a time.”
“We want people to know that if you’re a victim of domestic violence and you’re in that type of situation, please reach out to law enforcement and allow us to assist you in getting out of that horrible situation,” Royster continued.
Jones appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Friday and pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.
Jones has a criminal record with more than a dozen convictions dating back to 1990. Most recently, Jones was convicted for possession of an assault weapon in 2008, negligent discharge of a firearm in 2005, assault with a deadly weapon in 2002, and burglary in 2000, according to court records. He was also convicted of domestic violence in 1998, and charged with domestic violence in 2007, although the 2007 charge was not prosecuted, according to court records.
Jones is due back in court on Wednesday, Oct. 24 for a preliminary hearing.
UPDATED 10/30/12: On Monday, Oct. 29, a superior court judge ruled that there was sufficient evidence for the case to go to trial. Angelo Jones was reportedly ordered to trial on all charges — two counts of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jones was ordered back to custody on $2.5 million bail and is due back in court on Nov. 13.
18 comments for "Man charged with attempted murder for shooting girlfriend"
Plz Leave the AV says
People of the AV please listen to this announcement: The AV is fully capable of producing its own home grown crimminals. They don’t all come from these scary places you speak of like Compton or East Los Angeles. Say it with me , all together now. The AV breeds criminals just like any other crime infested city. @ the person that goes by “Crip”….. Really? laptop gangsters don’t intimidate anyone ya lamer!
Free Mr. Jones in that order..F*** anyone who has a problem with it..I will show y’all ass what COMPTON is about alright..
Go back to Compton, you little hood rat. Take all your other homies with you
wow, really? says
Before, you pass judgement, get the FACTS straight! This article is boardering on liablous, defamation of character, etc. This story reeks of lies, and mistruths! There, is NO substantiative evidence! NO corraborating witnesses! On a personal note, I know who this CRAZY ASS LYING BITCH is, and she has straight bumped her head! She is a lying, manipulative, coniving, low down dirty snake! She is NOT the victim he is! Somebody, please tell me, how you can judge, based on hearsay and circumstance! PLEASE!!!!
Nine times out of ten, I would be on your side, but come on now, defamation of character?
Unless the reporter fabricated court records, then it is not defamation of character if Mr. Jones was actually convicted of the offenses stated in the article. If those convictions are on his record, then pointing them out does not defame his character. He defamed his character when he committed those crimes.
The story says that the victim has warrants, so we all know she is not completely innocent. But can you agree that no one deserves to be SHOT by their significant other? If she is lying about being shot by your friend/relative Mr Jones, then it will come out in court and she will be prosecuted for that. But until then, she is a victim.
Court records are public information. Why don’t you look up his criminal record and then report back to us if those convictions are not there.
Until then, quit lashing out. You are only making him look worse. I say this as a friend…
First in for most you can’t judge a book by its cover she has her faults as well so don’t speak up on a man you don’t make comments about a man you don’t know he’s a father and a uncle and people make mistakes. The house was not section 8 my grandparents owned their home and we are not from Compton so you take your races self back to the trailer park you came from. My uncle is a man who lost his sister and March and his Father in April the “Vitcim” who also has a criminal record as long as his. She made my uncles life a living hell so don’t comment unless you know both sides I’m not saying the event that occurred was ok its was not but you need to know both sides of the story before making comments about someone. May god bless all of you
Don’t be so ignorant with your comments and carreless with your tongue. You should probably go back to where you came from makng comments like that! SMH
Well you know what it’s sad that the first thing you see is color and you say go back to Compton with your section 8 voucher no the whole story before pulling the race card so and don’t worry about where I came from and guess what it’s not Compton
Glad this scum got carried off.
Total disregard for life. We are suppose to be protecting our women, not shooting them!!
the “VICTIM” probably is much better than he is, she didn’t want to go to the hospital because she thought she might have outstanding warrants..looks like they were a match made in heaven. don’t have sympathy for people like that.
correction…ISN’T much better…etc.etc..
She’s still a victim of domestic violence who got SHOT by her boyfriend. Sounds like the cops have sympathy for her, why can’t you? You don’t know what the warrants are for. Could be something nonviolent such as driving with a suspended license. If the warrants were that serious, she would be arrested by now, but she is not.
I swear, I never knew we had such cold, heartless “perfect” people living here in the AV.
For all the rest of the thugs, get the hell out of AV! Some people are trying to have good peaceful living here. Take your section 8 vouchers and go back to Compton!
Don’t assume because he’s black that he’s from Compton and on section 8 so in true
So not true
POS…what a waste of court & taxpayer $$. Lock his ass up & throw away the key.
What a POS! This is what the Three Strikes Law is for! Trash like this!
This is his 3rd ADW so it should be Bye-Bye for good!