A 24-year-old man accused of arranging to meet women for dates via the internet and then robbing and sexually assaulting them during meetings in Riverside and San Bernardino counties is slated to be re-arraigned next week on additional felony charges filed as a result of the ongoing investigation.
DeJuan Ramon Jones of Victorville was arrested in March following a joint investigation by the Riverside Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Jones was originally charged with attempted rape, armed robbery and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon — a knife — in the commission of a felony. However, in the ensuing investigation, detectives identified additional victims, prompting the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office to file an amended felony complaint connected to all the offenses, in both counties.
The updated charges are: two counts of assault to commit rape and one count each of kidnapping to commit rape, forcible rape, forced oral copulation, attempted rape of a minor and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as a sentence-enhancing allegation of inflicting great bodily injury during a sexual assault.
Jones is slated to be re-arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday. He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback, Jones was initially directly linked to an alleged assault that occurred March 7 in Riverside, which culminated in his arrest.
“Investigators learned Jones was active on dating apps and social media, where he had met women online,” Railsback said. “The assaults took place once these meetings occurred. Jones was armed during the encounters, and it is believed he preyed upon women less likely to report the crimes to law enforcement, such as youth and sex workers.”
Court documents show that four victims alleged the defendant assaulted them. The women were identified only by their initials — “A.S.,” “B.W.,” “C.R.” and “R.C.”
The alleged attacks occurred between October 2021 and March 2022, according to the amended complaint. Specific locations were not provided.
Railsback did not disclose how detectives ultimately identified Jones, who has no documented prior felony convictions in either county.