Police seek suspect in break-in, battery
Lt. Tim Hiers said Joseph N. Jones is suspected of forcing his way into an apartment in the 150 block of South Jackson Street and battering a 48-year-old woman. The suspect, who was believed to have a handgun in his waistband, fled the scene, reportedly wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, white athletic shoes and a dark winter coat and stocking hat.
Hiers said Jones has a lengthy criminal history, including arrests for attempted first-degree homicide, improper accosting of a female, attempted burglary, reckless use of a weapon, resisting an officer, habitual criminal, delivery of a controlled substance, battery by a prisoner and theft.
Hiers said that because Jones’ record includes a felony, he is prohibited from carrying a handgun. Because Jones has no fixed address, Hiers said police are concerned that he may be “out and about” with a weapon.
Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts is asked to call 911 or (608) 757-2244 or the police department at (608) 755-3100.