Matthew Steven Jones, a person of interest in connection with the disappearance of Desia Rae George of Fries, was arrested on charges of bank robbery in Asheboro, N.C., on Thursday. Court records show he also has an extensive criminal history in North Carolina.
Jones, 34, was arrested Thursday morning at a pawn shop by Randolph County, N.C. deputies in connection with the April 29 bank robbery of Fidelity Bank in Ramseur, N.C.
Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said Carroll County deputies traveled to Asheboro to question Jones about the disappearance of George. George, 33, was reported missing on April 15. She is the mother of four children, including one only two months old.
In a press release issued Thursday night, Gardner said investigators from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office interviewed Jones in reference to the disappearance of George from Carroll County.
“Matthew Jones asked for his attorney and would give no statement to authorities,” Gardner said. “The investigation into the disappearance of Desia Rae George is continuing and Sheriff Gardner asked once again for the public’s continued help and any information relating to the disappearance of Desia Rae. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 276-728-4146 or 276-236-5119.”
According to The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro, Jones was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, adding that Ramseur Police Chief Larry Lewallen said Jones has been charged with common law robbery of Fidelity Bank, a federal offense, and that further charges could be pending.
According to North Carolina Department of Corrections records, Jones was arrested for multiple felonies between 1995 and 2003. Those records show Jones was convicted in 1997 on felony charges of breaking and entering into motor vehicles from several offenses in 1995 when he was 17.
He was also convicted of felony charges of robbery with a dangerous weapons in 2003, related to a string of larceny and breaking and entering charges from 2002. He was incarcerated for almost six years before being released in May of 2009, according to N.C. DOC court records.