April 13, 2009
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that last week a jury found Calvin Dwayne Veazy guilty for the attempted kidnapping of his wife in Ridgeland.
Guest stated, “The jury, after hearing all the evidence, determined that Calvin Veazy is guilty of assaulting his wife and then dragging her across the parking lot in an attempt to force her into a vehicle. Mr. Veazy now awaits sentencing and will have to pay the consequences for his crime against his wife.”
On October 19, 2007, the victim went to her estranged husband’s place of employment, the Ridgeland Wal-Mart, to retrieve her car that her husband had taken from her. As she approached her car, Veazy ran up to her and began assaulting her. He punched her and then threw her to the ground and began stomping her in the face, neck and stomach. Veazy then dragged his wife across the parking lot and attempted to force her into the vehicle. Bystanders called 911 and then came to her aid to prevent her from being dragged into the vehicle. As the Ridgeland Police Department responded to the scene, Veazy sped away in the vehicle.
The Ridgeland Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle as it left Wal-Mart, but the defendant refused to stop and a high-risk chase ensued. Officers attempted to divert traffic away from the area of the pursuit because Veazy was passing cars using the center turn lane and driving against the flow of traffic.
Veazy attempted to enter a residential subdivision, but the gates were locked and he was forced to abandon the vehicle and then fled on foot. Officers from the Ridgeland Police Department surrounded the area and later spotted the defendant. Officers approached the defendant and ordered him to stop. The defendant began to run and a foot chase ensued through the Pear Orchard Apartment complex. Detective Mark Penn eventually caught Veazy and wrestled him to the ground.
Guest added, “I am proud that the victim can now live her life without the dangers her abusive husband presented.”
Guest concluded, “The Ridgeland Police Department did an outstanding job apprehending Veazy under very dangerous circumstances. They not only caught Veazy, but they prevented other drivers from being harmed in the pursuit. The brave actions of the bystanders in the parking lot that day and the quick response of the Ridgeland Police Department prevented the victim from being kidnapped. I am very proud of the work the Ridgeland Police Department consistently does for the people of Ridgeland.”