Man remains in jail after hearing
by Chance Wright
Sep 12, 2012 | 2143 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Cleveland man wanted in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a juvenile last week is now in custody of the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department.

Lamarcus Matthews, 30, of Cleveland was booked into the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility on Monday after authorities picked him up and transported him here from Clarksville, Tenn., where he had been picked up and arrested last week.

"Matthews waived his extradition from the Montgomery County Jail in Clarksville, Tenn., and was transported back to Mississippi to the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility on Monday evening to face charges of kidnapping and rape," said Gerald Wesley Jr., chief deputy.

According to Wesley, the sheriff's department received a call from the Department of Human Services to respond to Bolivar Medical Center early last week in reference to a juvenile being kidnapped and raped.

During the ensuing investigation, the juvenile told authorities that Matthews had forced her at gunpoint to go with him to a hotel in Ruleville Monday evening. Once Matthews got the juvenile into the room, he forced her to have sexual intercourse with him.

Matthews fled the local area soon after the incident occurred and the U.S. Marshal's Service located him in the Clarksville, Tenn., area where they made the arrest.

Matthews was taken for his initial appearance before a judge Tuesday morning and bond was set at $80,000. He still remains in custody of the Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility at this time.

According to the Mississippi Code of 1972, sections 97-3-65 and 97-3-53, penalties for both kidnapping and rape carry a maximum sentence of life in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.