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Murder suspect was visited by police one year before Boston woman vanished

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Police visited the apartment of murder suspect Louis Coleman in February 2018, on eyear before a Boston woman disappeared because he thought he kept hearing people knock at his door.

According to “a detail service log” obtained by Target 12, Louis Coleman called police and told a dispatcher he can “hear someone continually knocking at the door.”

“Says he will ask who it is, but the person won’t answer,” the dispatcher wrote in the log. “Afraid to go outside.”

An officer told him there was nothing he can do unless he feels threatened.

Coleman – a suspect in the kidnapping of Jassy Correia, 23 – was taken into custody Thursday during a traffic stop in Delaware. During the stop, a Delaware state trooper said he found the body of a dead woman in the trunk of Coleman’s vehicle.

Target 12 has also learned Providence Police believe Coleman purchased some materials he used in the crime at a Walmart on Silver Spring Ave., in Providence.

An employee there confirms police paid a visit to the store and asked about goggles and a pair of disposable white coveralls known as a Tyvek suit. 

Police also recovered a bottle of bleach from a dumpster outside Coleman’s Chestnut Street apartment they believe is connected to the crime.

As Target 12 reported on Thursday, law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the investigation say they recovered video surveillance that shows who they believe to be Coleman carrying a person matching the description of Correia into the Chestnut Street building. He was later seen leaving with two suitcases but Correia was never seen again.

Lisa Pelosi, a spokesperson for Johnson and Wales University, confirmed Providence Police have asked them to review surveillance video from their buildings near where Coleman lived.

“Our buildings have cameras on them throughout the city,” Pelosi said. “For this investigation as well as previous ones when the Providence Police Department request footage, we work with them and help review it.”

Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is the Target 12 investigative reporter and host of Newsmakers for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook

This story was modified from its original to state police went to Coleman’s apartment in February 2018, not February 2019.

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