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Attempted murder charged after sting operation

December 16, 2016

MT. VERNON – A Dix woman has been charged with attempted murder after fleeing the scene of a Mt. Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office sting operation Thursday.

Taylor Colbert, 20, was booked into the Jefferson County Justice Center at 11:01 p.m. Thursday on charges of murder/intent to kill/injure, intimidation and theft by deception $500 to $10,000.

Nicholas P. Duncan, a 23-year-old Mt. Vernon resident, was also charged with intimidation/physical harm and theft by deception $500 to $10,000 in relation to the incident.

“Yesterday a gentleman came in and reported to us that people had been extorting some money out of him using some stuff he done in the past against him,” JCSO Chief Deputy Clint Taylor explained. “We reviewed some evidence on it and decided to set up a sting operation.”

The MVPD and JCSO joint sting operation took place in the Walmart parking lot, and after money was allegedly exchanged the detectives moved in.

“At which time the driver of the vehicle � accelerated rapidly backwards, crashing into a Mt. Vernon police car,” Taylor said. “She then took off forward and almost hit a couple of our detectives who had to jump out of the way.”

Colbert, with Duncan in the passenger seat, then allegedly fled the scene and officials lost the vehicle in traffic, according to Sheriff Travis Allen.

“Detectives were able to fairly quickly identify them and started going to houses where they knew they frequented,” Taylor said.

Colbert and Duncan turned themselves in to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.

“Good police work got them nervous,” Taylor said. “We were on their tail and they turned themselves in.”

Colbert and Duncan are being held at the Jefferson County Justice Center. Bonds have not been set for either defendant.

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