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Date: June 2, 2015
San Bernardino man convicted of Kidnapping and Criminal Threats
Jessie Ray Jackson, Jr. (Booking Photo)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – After five hours of deliberation over two days, a jury Friday convicted a 34-year-old San Bernardino man for the kidnapping of a 26-year-old Moreno Valley woman.
A jury found Jessie Ray Jackson, Jr., guilty of one felony count of Kidnapping and one felony count of Criminal Threats. (Click here to download a copy of the Information.)
Statement of Facts
On March 27, 2014 at 12 pm, San Bernardino Police Vice Officer Aaron Jones and Detective David Baughman saw Jackson standing in a residential driveway, gripping the female victim by the neck and arm, and forcing her towards—and ultimately pushing her in—the rear seat of his car which was parked approximately 15 feet away.
When the defendant entered the driver’s seat a few seconds later, the victim jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards an intersection.
According to Deputy District Attorney Tamara Ross, who prosecuted the case, when the victim got out of the car, she appeared to be in distress.
“She was crying and seemed confused,” said Ross, who is also a member of the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. “The defendant immediately followed after her. Although walking, he was catching up to her. He looked very angry, and appeared to be shouting at her as he pointed his finger in her direction.”
The officers detained Jackson as he followed the victim into the intersection of G and 9th streets.
Intersection of G and 9th Streets in San Bernardino (image courtesy of Google Maps).
According to Deputy District Attorney Ross, Jackson did not immediately comply with their orders to get on the ground, and shouted, “Why are you stopping me? What do you want?”
Det. Baughman replied, “Because we saw you beating on that girl.”
Jackson responded, “I only slapped the bit--, I didn’t beat her up!”
Officer Jones contacted the victim, who had continued walking away from the scene as the defendant was being detained. He observed a fresh slap mark on her face, and noted that she was shaking, crying and unable to speak without taking deep breaths.
“She appeared afraid,” Ross said. “The redness from the slap was still on her face when they took photographs of her two hours later at the station.”
Jackson is scheduled to appear June 9 at the San Bernardino Justice Center for a prior strike trial.