Burger King robbery arrest leads to disturbing discovery

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James Jones top left. Joshua Jones, top right. Tara Daugherty, bottom left. Brittany Haas, bottom right. Courtesy Copley police.

COPLEY, Ohio – Just before 10 p.m. on January 5, a clerk at the Burger King on Montrose West Avenue in Copley was robbed, according to police.

The clerk told police there was no firearm shown, but the suspect held his hand in his pocket and implied he had a gun and would shoot the clerk. The suspect got away with $154.

The next morning, surveillance photos were given to local businesses and a tip came in that the suspect had been staying at a hotel nearby.

Police said when officers went to the hotel, they found the suspect in a room with 3 others and a 9-month-old child.

The suspect, who police identified as James Jones, was with Joshua Jones, Tara Daugherty and Brittany Haas.

Officers searched the room and found clothing worn during the Burger King robbery, cash, several needles and about 2 grams of suspected heroin.

James Jones, 22, was arrested for aggravated robbery; Joshua Jones, 29, was arrested on a warrant for escape; and Tara Daugherty, 29, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance/possessing drug abuse instruments.

Twenty-year-old Brittany Haas, the mother of James Jones’ 9-month-old child, was arrested for child endangering.

The child is currently in the custody of Children Services.