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Joel Jones (Source: PBSO)

Joel Jones (Source: PBSO)

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PALM BEACH GARDENS (CBSMiami) – The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man called 911 to report he had sexually battered a woman who replied to a Craigslist advertisement for a cleaning job.

According to the victim, Jones, 47, first met her about a cleaning job in late July.

On the August 12, the victim said she met Jones at a gas station in Palm Beach Gardens near where the incident occurred.

She told deputies that she followed Jones to an office building where he allegedly took her inside the building to show her the rooms to be cleaned.

The woman said Jones made sexual advancements toward her which she resisted, but he battered her while holding a knife to her throat.

After the attack, the victim said Jones apologized and told her he had to it because it was how he would get to the people that killed his son.

The victim said Jones let her go and she watched Jones call 911.

The victim also sought help from police, according to documents.

When a Palm Beach Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene, Jones was reportedly waiting and waved down the deputy to admit he sexually battered the victim.

While arresting Jones, the officer said he confessed again and cried.

During an interview, Jones told deputies that he planned to “rape” the woman by “tricking” her into meeting him at the gas station.

Jones asked the deputies to document that it was a premeditated crime.

Jones was charged with one count of sexual battery, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of battery.

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