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Man mistakenly detained speaks out

Posted at 11:42 PM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-09 02:42:40-04
The man mistakenly detained as part of a murder investigation says he is taking the ordeal in stride.
"It is almost still unreal and funny," DJ Jones said 
Jones laughed as he watched video from Chopper 13 showing him being detained at gunpoint as he walked out of a store Thursday morning.
The Navy veteran says he was on his way to work when he was stopped as he walked out of the Green Valley Grocery with his coffee and donuts.
"While I was in the store I had noticed the officers in the crosswalk and I asked the cashier did someone just get hit?” Jones said. "Then when I walk out, all it get is get down, get down."
Las Vegas Police stopped Jones, saying he matched the description of a suspect in a murder at Nellis and Las Vegas Boulevard hours earlier.
He says police kept him in custody for a little over an hour and says the first questions they asked didn't help clear up the confusion.
"They asked me where I was coming from, which almost didn't help because it was in the same general direction that the guy was supposedly fleeing," Jones said.
He says while being handcuffed was jarring; the officers were very respectful.
"They actually pulled my coffee cup to the front of the cop car and let me drink my coffee because I was being so compliant," Jones said.
Once he was released, Jones says he told the officers he understood they had to stop him given the circumstances.
"I was like I understand you guys have a job to do and it is a really hard job, especially with the times going on and I don't need to add to that," Jones said.
Jones said because of the stop he was about an hour and 15 minutes late to work, but his bosses understood.
His coworkers are now giving him a hard time about the situation.
While he is smiling about his situation, Jones is sending his condolences to the family of the murder victim.