News: Jim Jones Arrested In New Jersey, Twitters Incident

Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009 12:44PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Joseph "Jim Jones" Guillermo was arrested Monday (April 6) morning on an outstanding warrant in Teaneck, New Jersey while driving through the area.

The incident reportedly took place around midnight.

Jones was driving his 2007 black Bentley when a Teaneck police officer noticed he was missing a front license plate, said police Capt. Keith Richter. After police stopped Jones around 12:10 a.m., they found the rapper had an outstanding warrant out of Paterson and arrested him. Richter confirmed Jones, who provided a Newark home address, paid $120 and was released. Paterson Police Lt. Donald Giaquinto said the warrant was for unpaid motor vehicle tickets. (North Jersey)

Jones also resorted to Twittering while the arrest was taking place.

"I decide to drive by myself let's see how this plays out," he wrote unmodified prior to the arrest. "Misses officer let me go the funny part was watching them have to count all the money in my pocket lol I must say they were very cool...And it was a punk ass warrant from 2005 for 120 dollars...Make sure you pay old tickets." (Jim Jones' Twitter)

The rapper is currently engaged in a legal matter revolving around an alleged altercation with an associate of Ne-Yo which took place last year.

Jones rejected a plea deal today (March 24) that would have required 10 days of community service for allegedly attacking a rival recording artist's friend. Jones, 32, was charged with misdemeanor assault after a fight with Javon Smith inside a Louis Vuitton store on East 57th Street. Smith was with R&B singer-rapper Ne-Yo. Defense lawyer Scott Leemon called the case "a setup for a civil lawsuit" and payday for Javon Smith. Leemon says witnesses reported Jones did not start the fight and is innocent. (Associated Press)

He previously appeared in court earlier this year pleading not guilty on the assault charge.

Jones pleaded not guilty on Wednesday (February 4). "I'm trying to stay away from this building," quipped the "Pop Champagne" rapper as he emerged from Manhattan Criminal Court after being arraigned. He downplayed the misdemeanor assault charge stemming from the Dec. 22 fisticuffs with Javon Smith. "It's what you call an expensive inconvenience," said Jones, wrapping an arm around his lawyer, Scott Leemon. (New York Daily News)

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