Authorities: Convicted felon remains in custody in Forrest County on kidnapping charge



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HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — A Forrest County man who was captured after a two-day manhunt will remain in the local jail.

Ryan Ledingham, 28, made his initial appearance in justice court Tuesday where he was presented with seven charges. Ledingham was not accompanied by an attorney to the hearing, which was held for him to be informed of the charges against him.

Ledingham is charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of residential burglary, two counts of armed robbery, and three counts of grand larceny auto.

Judge Gay Polk-Payton denied bond for Ledingham on the armed robbery and kidnapping counts. Bond for grand larceny and residential burglary was set at $125,000 total.

Mississippi Department of Corrections has a hold on Ledingham due to his already being out on parole for a 2008 residential burglary.

Ledingham was arrested Friday outside Paul B. Johnson State Park off U.S. Highway 49 south of Hattiesburg after a 33-hour search.

Authorities said Ledingham had been on the run since last Thursday morning for allegedly kidnapping his former girlfriend as well as breaking into a home and stealing a total of three vehicles over the two-day span.

Sheriff's Office Capt. Glen Moore said the alleged hostage escaped Thursday night. Moore said deputies were able to take Ledingham into custody after deploying a K-9 to subdue the suspect.

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