Police: Man sought in threat against Amazon employee

Threat draws officers to Amazon fulfillment center on Jacksonville's Northside

By Brittany Muller - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police were called Wednesday to the Amazon fulfillment center on Jacksonville's Northside to investigate a threat made by a man against an employee, authorities said.

An aggravated stalking warrant was issued for Ronald Jones in connection with the Amazon threat, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. 

Officers responded about 7 a.m. Wednesday to the fulfillment center on Pecan Park Road near the Jacksonville International Airport.

According to an Amazon spokesperson, the fulfillment center was locked down momentarily while the Sheriff's Office conducted a search and confirmed there was no threat to the building. 

"The fulfillment center was released to site leadership and operations have resumed," a statement from the Amazon spokesperson reads, in part. 

According to the JSO incident report, the threat was made by the suspect against an unnamed employee of Amazon. The report states the man said he was on the way to Amazon with a gun to kill her.

The employee told police that the man texted her, stating he was in a black truck with tinted windows and saying, "You will pay for this and I know where you live and work," the police report says.

The report also notes that he has made repeated deaths threats against her, one time saying he would also kill her children. He said he would kill himself or make JSO kill him, according to the police report. 

The Sheriff's Office said officers went to the Shannon Ridge apartments, 11 miles away from the fulfillment center, because they pinged his phone. Police said they talked to the man via the woman’s phone, and he said if the woman did not come out and talk to him at Amazon, he would kill himself in the parking lot.

He was not seen at the Amazon fulfillment center, according to police. 

Jones, 51, pleaded no contest in an assault on a woman last year. A warrant for his arrest was issued in October for violating probation, according to court documents.

The Amazon spokesperson said the investigation remains active.

"The safety of our employees is our top priority," the Amazon spokesperson's statement notes.

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