PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The car that police say had the body of Jassy Correia in the trunk had a stolen license plate out of California.
Louis Coleman, 32, of Providence, is facing a federal charge of kidnapping, death resulting. He is in federal custody but has not yet been returned to New England to face the charge.
According to a spokesperson for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the license plate on the car Coleman was driving when he was pulled over in Delaware last week was affixed with a license plate that was reported stolen in April 2017.
“The California DMV received an application for replacement of the stolen plate on April 17, 2017,” spokesperson Artemio Armenta told WFXT in Boston.
Armenta said the plate was stolen from a vehicle owner in Sacramento County, and it had been on a Subaru. Coleman was driving a Buick when he was arrested.
Coleman’s roots appear to be in California. His social media page also says he received his Master’s of Science from California State University. On Friday, a spokesman for the school told Eyewitness News that a student by the same name did attend CSU’s Long Beach campus but declined to comment further.
Coleman’s Facebook page says he started a job as a “systems engineer” at Raytheon – a defense contractor in Portsmouth – in 2017 (the same year the plate was stolen). A spokesman for the Arlington-based company said they are cooperating fully with the criminal investigation.
Jassy Correia, 23, a mother to a 2-year-old daughter, was last seen alive late on the evening of Feb. 23 leaving a Boston nightclub.
Citing sources, Target 12 reported Coleman was seen carrying what appeared to be a limp or lifeless body into his apartment building at 95 Chestnut St. in Providence. He was later seen leaving the building carrying a suitcase.
At a news conference in Boston Sunday, investigators confirmed the information.
Target 12 also reported that Providence police visited his apartment in February 2018 – one year before Correia went missing – because he was hearing someone knock at his door.
Police told Coleman there was nothing they could do unless he felt threatened, according to a dispatcher’s log.
Kim Kalunian contributed to this report