Jay J Armes
- Category : 1932-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (12,35)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 3
American amputee, private investigator, and actor. He is known for his prosthetic hands.
At the age of eleven, he and a friend, seven years his senior, broke into a Texas & Pacific Railroad section house and stole railway torpedoes. Armes rubbed two torpedo sticks together, detonating them and causing the mangling of both hands. His friend was not injured. Armes was taken to Hotel Dieu Hospital in El Paso, where his hands were amputated.
In 1958, after briefly working as an actor in California and returning to El Paso, Armes started his private investigative agency, The Investigators. In 1978, he launched The Investigators Security Horse. Designed as a mobile patrol and security service, this branch of the organization served the community for a number of years until the patrol division was discontinued. Armes has been a certified Peace Officer. He served eight years as Chief Deputy Constable for the El Paso County Constables Department, Precinct 2, and four years as Chief Deputy Constable, Precinct 3.
He is also a former Law Enforcement Instructor for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. In 1989, Armes was elected as a city councilman in El Paso and served two terms. Armes takes on cases in the U.S. and worldwide. He sometimes takes on pro bono cases, such as missing Baby Gabriel’s. Among his diverse cases, he has rescued more than a hundred children from underground adoptions.
In 1976, Armes published his autobiography, Jay J. Armes, Investigator. In 1977, the Ideal Toy Corp. launched the Jay J. Armes Toy Line, which featured a Jay J. Armes action figure with detachable prosthetics, various gadgets, and a Mobile Investigation Unit.
Armes played the villain in the Hawaii Five-O episode "Hookman" (11 September 1973).