Suspect In Jassy Correia Case Arrested, Charged With Kidnapping Resulting In Death
After the 23-year-old mom vanished from a Boston nightclub, she was found dead in a car trunk.
BOSTON, MA — A man arrested for the death of a woman who disappeared from a Boston nightclub has been federally charged with kidnapping resulting in death. If prosecuted, the suspect may face the death penalty.
Authorities say the case began last Saturday night when single mom Jassy Correia, 23, went out with friends to the Venu nightclub in Boston. Jassy was last seen on security video outside the nightspot, getting into the car of Louis Coleman III, 32.
After Jassy never returned home, an interstate Missing Person Alert went into effect. This past Thursday, officers pulled over Louis Coleman III on a highway in Delaware. When asked where Jassy was, Coleman reportedly answered, “She’s in the trunk.”
Investigators say Jassy’s body was, in fact, found in the trunk of Coleman’s car. Her remains were reportedly bound with duct tape and covered in baking soda.
According to the police, a preliminary examination indicates Jassy died from blunt-force trauma and strangulation, but it does not appear at present that she was subjected to sexual assault.
Police also stated that it doesn't look like Coleman and the victim knew each other before their encounter at Venu. Still, investigators said they did find “probable cause” prior to arresting Coleman for Jassy’s death.
At a press conference held Sunday at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, United States Attorney Andrew Lelling announced that, in addition to numerous other charges, Coleman had been charged with kidnapping resulting in death.
Lelling added, “This charge carries a sentence of mandatory life, and is death-sentence eligible.” When asked if the state intended to pursue capital punishment, Lelling replied, “It’s premature for that.”
Boston police Commissioner William Gross said the case is continuing to be investigated by cooperating law-enforcement agencies in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Delaware. He described the combined units as “a serious team that’s hell-bent on justice.”
Addressing the crime itself, Commission Gross said, “I can’t tell you how upsetting this is. This is just a horrible tragedy.”