Suspect in attempted kidnapping faces $250,000 bond

Published 9:52 am Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Vicksburg man remains in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping involving a weekend incident at the Vicksburg Mall.

Police arrested Cody Coleson, 22, Saturday night after he attempted to kidnap two juvenile girls in the mall restroom. The incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

According to police reports, two older siblings allowed the girls to go to the mall restroom by themselves. Once inside the restroom, Coleson allegedly grabbed the children, put his hands over their mouths and attempted to push them into one of the stalls. The girls were able to break away from Coleson and leave the bathroom.

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As they ran down the mall, Coleson chased them until he saw the older siblings, and left the mall. He was identified through video surveillance by police Investigator Otis Stamps. Coleson was arrested by Stamps and officers Jaclyn Noel and Eric Proctor. His bond was set Tuesday after an initial appearance in Municipal Court.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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