The Leflore County Sheriff’s Department has charged a Sunflower County resident with rape and kidnapping.

According to Sheriff Ricky Banks, 38-year-old Jessie Lee Dennis Jr., 25 Belks Road, Blaine, is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman in his vehicle Wednesday.

Jessie Lee Dennis Jr.

Dennis

The incident allegedly happened in the Booger Den area, which is  north of Schlater and south of Mississippi 8, Banks said.

The victim’s family called the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department to report the crime, Banks said.

The victim is not a resident of Leflore County, the sheriff said. Additionally, he could not say how or where Dennis was arrested and why the rape may have happened in Leflore County.

As of Thursday afternoon, Dennis was behind bars at the Leflore County Jail.

In addition to the two charges he’s received from the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department, Dennis is also being held on charges from the Grenada County Sheriff’s Department. Those charges were unavailable.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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