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Alleged haraser played role in spring racist incident

A 40-year-old man arrested Wednesday for slapping another man on the behind also played a role in an alleged racist incident this spring in Snowmass Village, according to court documents.

Joshua Jones — known as "Jonesy" — denied he touched or harassed the other man on a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus June 19, but video footage of the incident told another story, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Aspen District Court.

That video, received by Aspen police July 7, shows Jones and the other man boarding the bus at Rubey Park within a minute of each other. Jones appeared "intoxicated and unsteady on his feet," while the other man boarded the bus with his service dog on a leash, the affidavit states.

When the other man passed Jones on the bus, they exchanged high-fives, then the other man looked for an open seat in the rear of the bus. While the man looked for a seat, Jones began to pet the man's dog, which the man noticed and said, "Hey, don't touch my dog like that," according to the document.

"As (the other man) attempts to walk back towards the front of the bus, Jones is seen using his right hand to smack/slap (the other man's) buttocks," Officer Jeremy Johnson wrote in the affidavit. "After Jones made contact with (the man's) buttocks, (the man) yells out, 'Hey, don't touch my butthole; hey, I've been sexually harassed.'"

After that, Jones can he heard on the video saying, "You are gay," twice to the man, while the man continues to yell to the bus driver and RFTA security guard that he'd been sexually harassed, the affidavit states.

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"While (the man) makes the above statements, Jones is heard saying, 'Yeah, by your dog,' while laughing in (the man's) direction," according to the affidavit.

Jones calls the man "gay" another three times before he says, "You got a pretty mouth," to the man and again, "You got a pretty mouth, boy," the affidavit states.

Jones was charged with harassment, a misdemeanor.

Jones is the same man who allegedly made the initial racist remarks to a black man at a bar in Snowmass Village in April that led to another man sustaining serious injuries, according to police reports detailing that incident. Those initial remarks led the black man to knock Jones' hat off his head and spill his drink on the bar, the report states.

Several witnesses said Jones called the man the N-word, Snowmass Village police reports state. Jones at first told police he said to the man, "We are all (the N-word)," which he claimed he meant in a non-racist way, then told them he didn't remember using the offensive word at all.

The black man, Brandon Hines of Wisconsin, later punched another man who allegedly stepped up to defend Jones and also made racist statements, according to the reports.

The man who was punched, Jim Andre, dropped to the ground after the punch and later fell outside the bar and hit his head on the concrete and was seriously injured, police reports state.

Hines was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct in the case.

Prosecutors are reviewing that case with an eye toward possibly filing further charges. Deputy District Attorney Sarah Oszczakiewicz declined to comment on the case Thursday.

jauslander@aspentimes.com

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