- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - A man suspected of choking his neighbor and taking his cellphone was arrested Thursday, a day after the apparently unprovoked attack, police said.

Kurt Jones, 30, was found at his mother’s house in Westminster and arrested without incident, Longmont police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said.

Jones could face assault and aggravated robbery charges, he said.

The 48-year-old neighbor told police he was walking home from work around midnight Wednesday when the attack occurred.

“It was a serious assault,” Satur said. “The victim doesn’t know this guy. It seems pretty unprovoked.”

The neighbor’s injuries were serious and he has been released from a hospital, Satur said.

A SWAT team surrounded Jones‘ house after the attack, but he did not immediately emerge. Officers eventually spoke to him at the scene but did not arrest him because the neighbor could not identify him as the assailant.

Jones denied being involved, police said.

Police continued to watch his home and last saw Jones heading south toward Denver. Satur said police obtained an arrest warrant six hours later, but Jones had already left town. He said police remained in contact with him and tried to convince him to surrender.

Jones was taken to the Adams County jail. It wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer.

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