Officers of the Abbeville Police Department were conducting criminal patrol activities due to the number of recent violent acts throughout the city on October 21, 2020 at approximately 12:40 a.m. Officers observed a subject known to be a 16-year-old juvenile walking on the roadway in the company of a subject known to officers as Kadaylon Colemen of Abbeville.
Officers approached the two subjects, who immediately refused to move to the side of the road. After an investigation conducted by the officers, the juvenile was found to have marijuana in a backpack he was carrying. Officers also located a handgun that the juvenile attempted to hide when they first observed the officers. The juvenile was arrested and transported to the Abbeville Police Department. The juvenile was booked on charges of Possession of Marijuana, Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Juvenile in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a CDS in the Presence of a Firearm, Obstruction of Justice, Curfew Violation and Child in Need of Care. The juvenile was released into the custody of his mother.
A second handgun was located which Coleman admitted that he was in possession of and had hid when he and the juvenile first saw officers in the area. A standard records check was performed, and it was learned that Coleman had been convicted of Simple Burglary of a Vehicle in 2019. That conviction stemmed from a charge for an offense in which he was accused of breaking into a Lafayette Police Department vehicle and stealing a handgun and a ballistic vest from the vehicle. Coleman was transported to the Abbeville Police Department. Mr. Coleman was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Carrying of Weapons, Obstruction of Justice and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.
Mr. Coleman was then transported to the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center.