BOSTON (WPRI) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston held a news conference Sunday afternoon announcing a new federal charge of kidnapping, resulting in death against Louis Coleman, 32, Providence, in connection with the kidnapping of Jassy Correia.
Jassy Correia, 23, a mother to a 2-year-old daughter, was last seen alive late last Saturday night leaving a Boston nightclub.
On Thursday, police confirmed they found the body of a dead woman inside Coleman’s trunk, and family members told reporters it was Correia.
At Sunday’s news conference United States Attorney Andrew Lelling said the victim had significant bruising, a bloodied face, was bound with gray duct tape and was covered in what is believed to be baking soda.
“Some press outlets have reported that the body was mutilated, dismembered, that is not true. Though other items in the car did include, a duffle bag, a new pair of handled loppers, the heavy tool used to cut down thick branches, a new pair of pliers, garbage bags, a new gas canister, a butane lighter, safety glasses, work towels, and work gloves, and disinfectant wipes,” Lelling said.
According to a charging document, surveillance footage from Coleman’s Chestnut Street apartment building in Providence showed Coleman at about 4:15 a.m. Sunday, February 24, carrying a body with long hair and clothing matching that of Correia.
Once he entered the building, surveillance showed him dragging her towards the elevator. She was not moving and her body was limp, according to the document.
The windshield in Coleman’s car was cracked, and prosecutors said it appears Correia put up a fight.
Authorities say when Coleman was taken into custody in Delaware he had a large bandage on the right side of his face, and when asked about it allegedly said, “It’s from the girl.”
Coleman remains in custody in Delaware and is due to appear in federal court in Delaware on Monday.
The U.S. Attorney says the new federal charge against Coleman could carry the death penalty or life in prison.