SEDALIA MAN CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING DUE IN COURT ON JANUARY 15

A Sedalia man charged with several felonies for allegedly kidnapping a 10-year-old female last month in Pettis County is scheduled to be in court next week.

A probable-cause statement says authorities detained 28-year-old Corey Owens for allegedly trying to abduct the girl in the 300 block of West 7th Street on December 15. According to witnesses, Owens was dragging the girl by the arm down the street as she was yelling for help.

Owens also reportedly resisted several times while Sedalia Police officers attempted to handcuff him, and he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Online court documents say Owens has been charged with a Class B Felony for First-Degree Kidnapping; a Class D Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance; and two Class E Felonies for Assault in the Third Degree and Resisting Arrest.

Owens appeared for his arraignment hearing and his bond was increased from $100,000 to $250,000 cash or surety on December 18. Owens is scheduled to appear for his preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, at Pettis County Circuit Court.