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Marcel Jones

SEATTLE — A 18-time felon accused of a brutal attack on a woman during a basketball game at a Boys and Girls Club recently was released from jail.

Renton police booked Marcel Jones only on a $5,000 drug warrant Monday. However, a Seattle police warrant Jones had for assault was never verified, so he posted $500 and bonded out of jail.

He still has an active warrant for his arrest.

According to the BGCKC and police reports, Jones was at the Rotary Club in Central Seattle in March at a game when his ex-girlfriend came into the club and talked to him about attending a birthday party. Jones grew upset. 

“A conversation takes place whether or not he should attend a birthday party,” said Ret. Det. Myrle Carner. “He refuses to talk to her. She then leaves, goes a little ways away, and all of a sudden bam — she’s getting hit from behind. She gets hit numerous times with a closed fist, knocks her to the ground. And at that point, people try to intervene with no luck.”

His own children were playing in the game. The incident raised multiple questions about the Boys and Girls Clubs’ background check policy.

Detectives say Jones took off and was not seen or heard from until he was booked into jail on the warrant Monday night. 

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