Vincent Price Jones, a Washington state father has been arrested on suspicion of shocking his 25-year-old daughter’s boyfriend with a cattle prod, apparently to discourage him from continuing the relationship, a local newspaper reported.
Norman Gerstner was sleeping on a friend’s couch in the 1100 block of East Illinois Street on March 24, 2015, when he woke up around 10:30 a.m. to find Vincent Price Jones — 6-foot-4, 230 pounds — standing over him with an electric cattle prod after Jones barged in through the front door, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.
Vincent Price Jones, 52, pushed the cattle prod — a pressure-activated shocking device used to move livestock — into Gerstner’s chest and shocked him, leaving red marks and causing “extreme pain,” Vander Yacht said. Jones then picked up a six-inch folding knife on the coffee table and slashed it in the air and told everyone in the room that if they called police he would hurt them.
Gerstner waited about 45 minutes and then called police to report what happened, but they could not find Jones. On Tuesday, May 5, more than a month later, Gerstner saw Jones walk into a Bellingham restaurant, and he called police again.
That day, police arrested Jones on suspicion of second-degree assault, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and felony harassment.
Vander Yacht said Jones was upset because Gerstner, 38, had been dating Jones’ daughter. He apparently told friends he wanted to hurt Gerstner, and at one point threatened to cut off a part of Gerstner’s body.
Vincent Price Jones, who police say lives in Ferndale, has no known criminal history. He remained in Whatcom County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $50,000 bail.