Violent felon arrested, police say he sought women online


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Jarion Hopson  (Tulsa County Jail )
Jarion Hopson (Tulsa County Jail )
Updated: 1/05/2013 12:14 pm Published: 1/03/2013 1:11 pm


A convicted felon known to be extremely violent with women is now in custody after turning himself in to deputies at the jail.   

Jarion Hopson, 34, was booked into the Tulsa County Jail Friday evening after he was arrested on more than $800,000 worth of warrants including domestic assault and battery by strangulation, kidnapping, domestic assault and battery resulting in great bodily harm and threatening violent acts.

Tulsa police said Hopson doesn’t meet women at clubs or bars but uses Facebook or online dating sites to seek women.

He’s known to be charismatic online.

"He's a real smooth talker," said Officer Leland Ashley. "Before you know it he turns on them," said Ashley.

Court records show he beats, chokes, punches and breaks bones. In one case he pushed a woman in the car and threatened to run her over if she tried to flee.  

"Whatever that switch is, whenever it goes off he's going to start assaulting his victims," said Ashley.

Hopson is known to turn violent when his girlfriends want out of the relationship, the same women he met online.

"I think online dating is scary," said Angela Brown.

She is the education coordinator for Domestic Violence Intervention Services and says before meeting someone in person that you met online you need to first look at their posts and friends.

"If there is someone who asks to be my friend and they have 400 female friends, what is that person online really looking for?” said Brown.

Also be cautious of what information you post and what the person knows about you.

"Perpetrators look at your likes, hobby and posts so they strike up a conversation and pretend like they know you. You let your guard down and think "oh we have so much in common" when really all they did was study your information," said Brown.

You can also search for criminal convictions in Oklahoma on the Oklahoma State Courts Network website or prison records.  

Searching those links, FOX23 News found Hopson was serving a suspended sentence for domestic violence crimes.

Finally, DVIS recommends you watch for pushy men. Hopson moved in with one his victim’s after dating her for two weeks.

"It’s ‘hello’ one day to you're out on a date, and then two weeks later ‘I love you’ and I want to move in with you,” said Brown.

However, when it’s time to get out of an abusive relationship, you should call DVIS to get an emergency plan in place before you end it.

Counselors said you are seven to ten times more likely to be injured after you’ve ended the abusive relationship.

You can call (918) 7-HELP ME (918) 743-5763.

Police said Hopson is known to work with his father running a flooring company and often works at night.

Detectives believe there are other victims who are scared to come forward.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637) and begin your message with “TIP918” or you can submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com. Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.

Or if you want to talk to the Domestic Violence detective call 918-746-5254.

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Gladys Crump - 1/7/2013 1:03 AM
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Geez, why do women have no respect for themselves anymore, they dress and speak like sluts, meet men online, move in with or allow complete strangers to move in with them, get drunk and or high with men they don't even know leaving themselves open to anything the man chooses to do, postonline and text dirty pictures of themselves...no wonder so many women and girls disappear or end up dead, maybe it is just natures way of culling out the ones who are too dumb to survive much less reproduce, but nature does miss quite a few.

t town253 - 1/4/2013 9:50 AM
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Ladies Ima need for you to be more on guard. Two weeks and you let a brother move in with you whom you met online??
 
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