Jaffrey man arrested after allegedly pointing loaded gun at Mr. Mike’s employee

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, January 29, 2018 5:28PM

A Jaffrey man was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly pointing a loaded handgun at a Mr. Mike’s employee after he was refused the sale of alcohol. 

Jonathan Cox, 26, was charged with two felony level charges by Jaffrey police: felon in possession of a dangerous weapon and criminal threatening. 

Jaffrey Police Chief William Oswalt said Monday afternoon that Cox had attempted to purchase alcohol after the 11:30 p.m. deadline, which is why he was refused service.

Cox left the store, paced around the parking lot, and “flipped off” the cashier a few times before allegedly pulling out the handgun, which is when he tapped on one of the store’s windows and pointed it at the cashier, according to Oswalt.

“We always go into situations like this with a high level of awareness, especially when the person takes off [from the crime scene,]” said Oswalt, who said it was believed that Cox was intoxicated. 

Cox has an “extensive” criminal record, according to Oswalt, and was convicted of a Nov. 2010 felony charge of burglary in Ohio. Oswalt said he is unsure if that incident involved the use of a weapon. 

Peterborough, Rindge, and New Ipswich police were called to Jaffrey to aid in finding Cox after he had fled the scene. 

Police originally received the report around 11:40 p.m. on Sunday and had arrested Cox by just before 1 a.m.

He was found on Blake Street and taken into custody without incident, according to Oswalt. 

Police say Cox had a fully loaded Ruger handgun at the time of his arrest. Oswalt said police are currently investigating how Cox came into possession of the firearm and that more charges could be forthcoming after the investigation has been completed. 

Cox was arraigned on Monday is currently being held at the Cheshire County House of Corrections on $50,000 cash bail. Oswalt said he did not know the next court date for Cox. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.