Arrest warrant issued for dead woman's friend

Man being sought on unrelated count

February 01, 2007|By Jennifer McMenamin | Jennifer McMenamin,Sun Reporter

Federal authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the boyfriend of a woman whose body was found this week in the trunk of her car in Northwest Baltimore. The man, who is awaiting trial on drug charges, is accused of violating the conditions of his release.

U.S. marshals searched yesterday for Jermarl A. Jones, 31, of Hyattsville, who is charged in a year-old federal indictment with conspiring to sell heroin. A U.S. District Court judge ordered the issuance of a bench warrant for Jones on Tuesday evening.

Jones was the boyfriend of Sintia Mesa, a 25-year-old salon employee whose nude body was found Monday afternoon in the trunk of her car in an apartment complex parking lot. Baltimore police said yesterday that she was killed by asphyxiation.

Mark Frederick, a deputy U.S. marshal, said that the search for Jones "has nothing to do with the homicide investigation. This is a completely separate issue."

Frederick and his supervisor, Kenneth Plumley, said yesterday they did not have the court papers detailing what Jones is accused of doing to violate the conditions of his release.

Although an arrest warrant on the drug charges was first issued for Jones in September 2005 and he was indicted in February of last year, he was not arrested until Jan. 3 when authorities tracked him down. He was riding in Mesa's car when he was arrested, authorities said.

A federal judge ordered Jones' release Jan. 5 on his recognizance, directing that his travel be restricted to the East Coast, with advance approval from court personnel, and that he comply with a 10 p.m.-to-noon curfew, according to court records. But Frederick has said that federal authorities, rather than releasing Jones, handed him over to authorities in Baltimore County, where he was named in a warrant related to a car theft charge.

In that case, Jones was released to await trial, scheduled for next month in District Court in Catonsville.

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