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Southaven kidnapping suspect held in Memphis

Memphis police are holding a man who is wanted in a Southaven kidnapping case. 

Omar Charleston, age 38, has a Jan. 16 court date in Shelby County on four charges of assault on a first responder, vandalism, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. 

WREG-TV reported that Charleston was involved in a traffic stop that turned violent. His arrest came Friday, Jan. 5 in southwest Memphis as a result of a “Be On The Lookout,” or BOLO alert.  

Southaven police confirmed Tuesday morning that Charleston was being sought by the department in connection with a kidnapping from last week. The investigation is ongoing in the case. 

The history on Charleston, other than the kidnapping case, was in regards to traffic citations in Southaven, according to police. In Memphis, Charleston has had a domestic violence charge and a history of assault on law enforcement and resisting, according to reports. 

He’s being held in jail on a $25,000 bond.

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