LAFOLLETTE, TN. (WLAF)- A longtime county employee is recovering from stab wounds as her attacker remains housed in the Knox County Jail.

Cameron Jones, 40, of LaFollette, is facing a first-degree attempted murder charge after he allegedly lured the employee into helping him. Jones perpetrated this crime under the guise of needing assistance.

Cameron Jones is being held in Knox County on attempted first degree murder. (Photo courtesy of Knox County Sheriff’s Department)

Jones allegedly needed to be evaluated to determine if he needed in-patient psychiatric help. To do this, he had to have a ride to the local emergency room, according to LaFollette Police Chief Steve Wallen. The employee was contacted and agreed to drive him there. As the two drove through LaFollette, Jones allegedly began stabbing the victim in the upper torso. He was able to make contact with the small knife stabbing the victim multiple times, according to Wallen.

The victim was able to escape from the car. Once on foot, another car noticed the victim and offered a ride. When they arrived at the emergency room, Jones was already there still brandishing the knife believed to have been used in the attack. LaFollette Police were able to subdue Jones and take the knife, Wallen said.

Jones has a lengthy arrest record dating back to his first arrest in 1999 for evading arrest. Among his other charges are possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and filing a false report.

Earlier this year, he was jailed for aggravated stalking. His most recent arrest was in July for misusing the county’s 911 service.

This weekend’s arrest marks Jones’ 45th arrest. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 08/08/2022- 6AM)