Family: Kidnap try suspect has mental illness

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — His former wife and family members says a Medford man accused of trying to snatch a 5-year-old boy from his mother has a long history of mental illness, and his behavior has gotten increasingly dangerous in recent weeks.

They tell the Medford Mail Tribune ( that 47-year-old Robert Vincent Jones has bipolar disorder, paranoid schizophrenia and anxiety, as well as alcoholism. They said they were relieved Tuesday when a judge raised his bail to $250,000.

Jones is accused of attempted kidnapping. Police say he stopped his car and tried to grab the boy Monday, but the boy's mother resisted. Jones was arrested shortly afterward.


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