Forest Park man indicted in attempted murder

By Mehgaan Jones


A Forest Park man has been indicted by a Clayton County grand jury, in the alleged attempted murder of a woman, who is reportedly his wife.

The indictment, handed down Wednesday, alleges that 31-year-old Roy Jaques used a Savage 410 shotgun, on June 12, to shoot 26-year-old Carrie VanCleve.

The incident occurred on Juniper Circle, in Forest Park, according to court reocrds.

"[Jaques] did go to the residence of his wife [VanCleve]; retrieved a shotgun from the downstairs area of the home and fired it at her," Forest Park Police Officer Dennis Rowe wrote in a warrantless arrest affidavit, filed in Magistrate Court.

Jaques shot VanCleve at least twice, "in the upper thigh, and once in the upper arm, which passed through and into the chest area," according to court documents. The documents reported that the shooting was committed in the presence of the couples' four children, during a birthday party for one of the children.

The day of the incident, Forest Park police arrived on the scene, and found VanCleve lying in a pool of blood, according to the incident report. VanCleve and other witnesses said Jaques had shot her, according to court records.

Jaques tried to flee the scene and resisted arrest, but was eventually taken into custody, authorities said.

VanCleve was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, and was listed in stable condition, following the shooting.

The indictment charges Jaques with criminal attempt to commit murder. Additional charges include aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, cruelty to children in the third degree, and discharging a firearm near a public roadway.

Jaques was being held in the Clayton County Jail, according to jail officials, on Thursday. Jaques' attorney, Public Defender Christine Van Dross, was unavailable for comment, on Thursday.