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Rapides Parish inmate arrested for threats made against judge

Posted at 4:40 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 17:40:30-04

A Pineville man and current Rapides Parish inmate has been arrested, accused of making threats of violence against a 9th Judicial District Court judge and their family.

Deputies with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office say on June 12, 2019, they responded to threats of violence upon a judge and their family.

34-year-old James Wesley Vinson of Pineville who is an inmate at the Rapides Detention Center #3, was identified as the suspect.

James Wesley Vinson / Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

Law enforcement say that due to the imminent threat, deputies in conjunction with Officers of the Alexandria Police Department provided a security detail for the Judge and immediate family.  Through their investigation, sufficient probable cause was established that supported the original allegations.

Warrants were granted for Vinson’s arrest in reference to Intimidating, impeding, or injuring witnesses; injuring officers.  On June 13th, Vinson was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center and a bond was set in reference to the new charge at $100,000.

Vinson currently remains at the detention center in reference to his previous unrelated charges and posting his additional bond.

Detectives say their investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are possible.