Police: Attempted murder suspect also stole victim’s car

Published 12:01 am Thursday, May 17, 2018


NATCHEZ — The list of charges against a Natchez man who police say shot his ex-girlfriend last week got even longer, after police added a charge of stealing the woman’s car following the incident.

Already facing charges of attempted murder, burglary of a dwelling and aggravated stalking from his arrest Monday, 32-year-old Riley Trask later picked up an additional charge of grand larceny of an automobile, Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said Wednesday.

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Investigators determined that Trask stole his ex-girlfriend’s car after he entered her residence on Sgt. Henry L. Brown Drive late Friday night, shot her and assaulted the woman’s daughter.

Officers arrested Trask while executing a search warrant Monday night on Watts Avenue, arresting him on the initial three charges for attempted murder, burglary and aggravated stalking. The subsequent charge came Tuesday after further investigation.

Police said the woman was airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center early Sunday morning with non-life-threatening injuries.

Trask’s history with the law dates back several years, and his most recent arrest for violent crime came just more than a week before this one, Armstrong said. On May 4, police arrested Trask on a charge of aggravated assault, which also allegedly took place on Sgt. Henry L. Brown Drive.

Trask had been out on bond for that crime until his most recent arrest, but Sixth District Circuit Court Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson revoked that bond Tuesday, police said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Trask remained in the Adams County Jail without bond.