Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and K9 Apprehend Suspect Following Violent Machete Attack

This is a press release from the Del Norte

Clifton Harold Jones

Clifton Harold Jones

County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On 04-17-2024 at around 6:30PM, Deputies from the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a stabbing that occurred at the 12500 block of S Indian Rd, Smith River, CA. Upon arriving on the scene, an unconscious adult male victim was discovered in a grassy area near several residences. He had been severely assaulted with a machete. Del Norte Ambulance and Smith River Fire Personnel attended to the victim, who was transported immediately to Sutter Coast Hospital. Deputies interviewed multiple witnesses in the area and the suspect was identified as 45-year-old, Clifton Harold Jones. Witnesses reported Jones had fled to a nearby mountain identified near Prince Island, within about 500 yards from
the scene. Sheriff’s K9 Zuko was deployed after gaining a scent of the suspect. DNSO K9 Handler Deputy Brittain and Sergeant McClaflin proceeded up the mountain where K9 Zuko was used to further track Jones. Other Deputies were strategically placed in the area to prevent Jones from fleeing further.Clifton Harold Jones
At the mountain top K9 Zuko led the Deputies through thick brush and steep terrain. K9 Zuko located Jones hiding in a ravine and alerted to his presence by a “bark and hold.” Jones complied and was arrested. Jones was booked into the Del Norte County Jail on charges of 664/187 PC, Attempted Murder, 203 PC, Mayhem, 245 PC, Assault by Means Likely to Produce Great Bodily Harm, and 3056 PC, Violating State Parole. The victim’s name in this case is confidential.
Message from Sheriff Scott: I am truly proud of the outstanding work Deputies conducted on this arrest. A very heartfelt thank you to K9 Zuko and Deputy Brittain for all of their hard work keeping up on training that helped lead to the tracking and arrest of a dangerous suspect. The teamwork that our Del Norte Sheriff’s Office Deputies established for this incident was outstanding.Arrest of Clifton Harold Jones
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Xhumboldter
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Xhumboldter
1 month ago

Thank you! Lock him up and throw away the key!

Ed Thyssen
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Ed Thyssen
1 month ago

I wonder how sharp the machete was? The skill of sharpening isnt that common.

This does confirm what the Romans knew 2000 years ago. I.e. that slashing, chopping attacks with sword aren`t usually that effective due to the cut only going as deep as a bone. They were well aware that stabbing was much more likely to be fatal and trained their soldiers to use the point. Napoleon also admonished his soldiers “the point, use the point”

Gary Whittaker
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Gary Whittaker
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed Thyssen

South of the border a machete can be sharpened using a rock.

Two Dogs
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Two Dogs
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary Whittaker

A good old rock on a hunk of yew limb worked just fine for centuries around here.

old guy
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old guy
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed Thyssen

chop on an artery area, it’ll kill ya pretty good

Gary Whittaker
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Gary Whittaker
1 month ago

How much time will he get for mayhem?

eyeheartD
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1 month ago
Reply to  Gary Whittaker

If I remember correctly, aggravated mayhem carries a life sentence in California.

eyeheartD
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1 month ago
Reply to  eyeheart

I just looked it up, they charged him with PC 203, mayhem, which has sentencing guidelines of 2, 4, or 8 years. PC 205, aggravated mayhem, carries life.

Mendo Known 50 years
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Mendo Known 50 years
1 month ago
Reply to  eyeheart

The maximum is eight years in state prison. If convicted of aggravated mayhem, a life sentence is possible. It is common for certain sentencing enhancements to apply in crimes such as mayhem and aggravated mayhem. These can add one to eight years of additional time in prison. California Penal Code § 667.9.

The world has went crazy
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The world has went crazy
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary Whittaker

None is the answer. He will be booked and released in a short time.

Rick
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Rick
1 month ago

This is just the culture. Nothing to see here. Please remember to hand over all of your firearms to the closest authority.

laura cooskey
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1 month ago

Good dog Zuko! And great training. I love to see a dog working as he’s been taught to do.

Better solution?
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Better solution?
1 month ago
Reply to  laura cooskey

Maybe…but I have mixed feelings about training an animal to go up the mountain and confront an armed human. I know it’s practical and maybe it’s ethical but maybe it’s not?

laura cooskey
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1 month ago

Thanks. Next thing you know they will be robotic warriors, and nobody gets hurt but the suspect. ‘Til then, dogs are a great help in apprehending dangerous people like this… however, it’s true that whether with a machete or a firearm of any kind, the prey could get the best of the dog with a weapon. Perhaps dogs best used with runaways who are, to the best of LE’s knowledge, unarmed. Or the dogs could just track them and let the armed humans deal with them.

I like stars
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I like stars
1 month ago

Wife is up with all the machete attacks recently?

Zipline
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Zipline
1 month ago

Good work le.

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
1 month ago

Nice picture of the dog at the bottom. The dummies always try to run from the dog. Not gonna work out unless you jump in a nearby River, and maybe not even then. But keep trying….the Shepard breeds are relentless, super fast, and physically wolf strong.

Zipline
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Zipline
1 month ago
Reply to  Al L Ivesmatr

Shotgun stops them in their tracks.

Mendo Known 50 years
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Mendo Known 50 years
1 month ago

Lock him up is RIGHT!!!!!
It’s not his 1st walk in the Park.
Check this out±++++++++++++++++++
Crescent City Man Arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Just before 8:00 am Friday morning, May 15th, officers with the Crescent City Police Department responded to a report of a physical altercation.

While responding, witnesses reported one subject was hitting another with a board. Upon Officers arrival, the victim was located with multiple injuries.

As Officers provided first aid to the victim who was then transported to Sutter Coast Hospital for treatment the suspect, 41-year-old Clifton Jones, was located in the vicinity and taken into custody without incident.

Jones was booked into the Del Norte County Jail for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
https://www.wildcoastcompass.com/crescent-city-man-arrested-for-assault-with-a-deadly-weapon/

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Sunny Seas
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Sunny Seas
1 month ago

Good job. I think Deputy Brittain used to work for HCSO.

Darth Valvo
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Darth Valvo
1 month ago

Mr.Jones suffers from intense hallucinations both visual and auditory. Unless he is in the throes of a breakdown he is a pretty nice guy.. It is sad that he has not received the type of mental health help that might have circumvented these attacks.His breakdowns almost always come on the coat-tails of an alcohol meth/binge.

M Sills
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M Sills
29 days ago

GOOD JOB Zuko!!!!
Give Zuko an extra doggie treat for such good work.

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