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Accused Kidnapper's Case Heads to Grand Jury

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

The case against a Lexington man, accused of kidnapping, will go on to the grand jury.

Police say 23-year-old Jonathan Coleman kidnapped a woman on Long Leaf Drive in Lexington April 29th. Coleman pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Police Officers testified in his preliminary hearing Thursday morning, unveiling evidence that he placed the victim in his trunk.

Police say they pulled Coleman over on Holly Hill moments after the alleged attack.

Police say the victim was arriving at a home on Long Leaf to visit a friend. At the same time, Coleman pulled up asking for directions.

When the victim turned away from him, police testified Coleman grabbed her from behind, forcing her into his trunk. Police say the victim fought back, holding her arm out so the trunk of his car would not close.

Officer Anthony Guidugli says Coleman tried several times to slam his trunk shut, but was not successful. He says a witness saw the victim escape the trunk and saw Coleman pulling away with the trunk open.

Officers say the victim identified Coleman and his car following the attack. She also said there was a basketball in the trunk, which was there when officers pulled him over. Police say several of her personal items were also in the trunk, including makeup.

The case was moved on to the Grand Jury. Coleman remains behind bars on a $25,000 bond.


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