Suspect in deadly kidnapping indicted by federal grand jury


BOSTON (WPRI) — A federal grand jury in Boston handed up an indictment Thursday charging a Providence man in a deadly kidnapping case.

Louis Coleman III, 32, was indicted on a single count of kidnapping resulting in death, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling. His arraignment date has not yet been scheduled.

In an email, one of Coleman’s attorneys David Hoose, declined to comment.

Coleman is accused of abducting Jassy Correia, 23, who went missing on the morning of Feb. 24. Police say Correia’s body was found in the trunk of Coleman’s car when he was pulled over and arrested several days later in Delaware.

According to Lelling’s office, surveillance video showed Correia leaving the Venu nightclub and getting into Coleman’s car. Then, at about 4:15 a.m., footage from his condominium complex on Chestnut Street in Providence reportedly showed Coleman carrying a person resembling Correia into the building.

On the night of Feb. 27, Coleman could be seen in the video entering the building with a large suitcase, Lelling’s office said, and a few hours later, he rolled the suitcase back into the parking lot and appeared to have difficulty getting it into his trunk.

Coleman was also seen on several occasions leaving the building with items such as trash bags, cardboard boxes, bleach, and a small duffle bag, according to Lelling’s office.

Coleman has been held in custody since his arrest. If convicted, he faces the possibility of the death sentence or life in prison.

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