Endangering a child indictment

An Ellis County grand jury has indicted an Ennis man for allegedly allowing his girlfriend’s 1-year-old to ingest crack cocaine.

Jarrod Dwayne Jones, 33, faces a state jail felony charge of endangering a child as a result of the incident.

Jones had been left with the children while his girlfriend took another child to the doctor, assistant district attorney Patrick Wilson said, saying that when the girlfriend returned, she noted her infant was acting strangely.

The baby was taken to the hospital, where a test returned positive for cocaine, Wilson said, noting doctors do not expect the child to suffer any long-term effects.

Dallas men indicted

Four Dallas men were indicted on a third-degree felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity relating to a Sept. 19 business burglary.

Officers were called to the scene in the 1700 block of W. U.S. Highway 287 Business at about 1:50 a.m., arriving to find the doors pried open, Wilson said. “As soon as they entered, they could see the ceiling tiles moving and Djurvis Brown falls through.”

After taking the 17-year-old into custody, officers also located Jerry Salter, 19, Fredrick Williams, 18, and Quinton Brown, 22, inside the building, Wilson said.

Burglary of a building

Three Waxahachie men - Cory James O’Connor, 17, Bradley John O’Daniel, 19, and Jacob Howard, 18 - were indicted on a felony burglary of a building charge relating to an Aug. 17 incident at the Waxahachie High School field house.

“The field house was burglarized and a lot of electronic and audio-visual equipment was stolen,” Wilson said. “Police received an anonymous call pointing them to a suspect.”

The resulting investigation led officers to an apartment, where some of the items were recovered, he said.


Juan Jose Villarreal Jr., 26, of Midlothian was indicted on felony charges of attempted arson of a habitation and retaliation (two charges).

The incident occurred Oct. 14, with officers dispatched to the Village South mobile home park in response to a disturbance, Wilson said.

Villarreal was allowed to leave, but officers had to respond again after receiving a call saying he had returned and poured gasoline around the home and threatened to kill the woman and her two children, Wilson said.

Villarreal was taken into custody and while he was being booked into the jail made threats against the arresting officers and their families, Wilson said.

Because of a prior felony conviction, the attempted arson charge is enhanced to a first-degree felony, with the retaliation charges enhanced to second-degree felonies.

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