Forrest County resident denied bond after two-day manhunt

Ryan Ledingham led authorities on a two-day manhunt before being apprehended Friday.
Ryan Ledingham led authorities on a two-day manhunt before being apprehended Friday.

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Forrest County resident that was captured after a two day manhunt appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Ryan Ledingham, 28, made his initial appearance where he was presented with seven charges.

Ledingham was 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 charges.

His bond for grand larceny and residential burglary was set at $125,000 total.

"They only seen me run one time, that was it," said Ledingham.

"I'm not... I mean, that hasn't been proven yet," said Ledingham, speaking with no legal counsel present.

Ledingham was remanded back into custody of the Forrest County Jail after being denied bond.

According to state representatives, a higher bond was requested for each grand larceny charge as well as the burglary charge.

Mississippi Department of Corrections also had a hold placed on Ledingham due to him already being out on parole for a 2008 residential burglary.

Shortly after 5 p.m. last Friday, authorities captured Ledingham at Paul B. Johnson State Park after a two day manhunt.

A Lamar County K9, named Kilo, made the initial contact with Ledingham as a team of deputies swarmed him and took him into custody.

Ledingham could be heard screaming as authorities removed the K9 from his bite, and escorted Ledigham from the woods.

When asked where his weapon was, Ledingham replied: "I ain't got no gun, I ain't had no gun."

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.