12 OYS: Husband accused of setting wife on fire remains on the loose

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It was not the kind of Friday morning Alphonso Durrette expected.

"I just saw the police cars sitting there, and that's it. I saw them walking around, and walking to the back," Durrette said.

Not behind his auto repair shop, but McGruder's Auto right next door, just a block from Josey High School.

"I said, hey, I just thought somebody just broke in like they always do," Durrette said.

Instead investigators were gathering evidence, and looking for 31-year-old Ronnie Lee Jones who is accused of pouring gasoline on his wife, and setting her one fire.

"I saw a crime truck. You know it said Augusta crime on the side of the truck," Durrette said.

A worker at McGruder's pointed us to a scorched van seat which he said is where Cynthia Jones was sitting at the time she was set on fire. A neighbor told 12 On Your Side that the couple had been arguing before the incident.

"The world is getting sick. Ridiculous," Durrette said.

Jones was released from Aiken County Detention Center yesterday. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrested him for 1st degree burglary in July. Just days after that arrest, Jones was booked for 3rd degree assault and battery charges in North Augusta.

Investigators said Jones may have burns on his hands and feet. His noticeable injuries may not be the only thing that can help investigators locate him. Jones stands 6' 9".

If you know where Ronnie Lee Jones is, give deputies a call. We have been told that Cynthia Jones is stable but still in the hospital.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for the man they say set his wife on fire in a car shop on 15th Street in Augusta.

According to investigators, Ronnie Lee Jones is wanted for aggravated assault after he doused his wife, Cynthia Jones, with gasoline and lit her on fire. They say it happened at McGruder's Auto where he had been living on Friday at 2:30 a.m.

The 39-year-old victim is in stable condition and is still in the hospital as of Friday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Jones was arrested on a first degree burglary charge by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office on July 11. He was arrested again on July 14 for an assault and battery in the third degree charge by North Augusta Public Safety.

He had just been released from jail on Thursday hours before this incident, investigators said.

Deputies are still looking for Jones and say he may have been burned on his hands and/or feet during the incident.

If you know where Jones is, call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.


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