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Suspected child predator in Madison captured

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MADISON, MS (WLBT) - After days of searching for a child predator Madison police made an arrest.  Madison parents were breathing a sigh of relief Friday knowing that a suspected child predator is off their neighborhood streets and behind bars.

"We don't want these predators in our cities, on our streets.  We'll have a sense of peace tonight," said Danielle Mason of the Bradford Place Subdivision.

Forty-nine-year old Ricky Wayne Davis was taken into custody in Madison Friday. 

"I'm proud of everyone here at the police department that came together and its just a complete team effort," said Madison Police Captain Robert Sanders.

Madison Police officers were on the look out for a man driving a gold colored sedan.  He had been spotted at least twice in the last week trying to get children into that car at the Bradford Place and Sherbourne subdivisions.  With no sign of a gold vehicle Friday, an alert officer noticed something strange about a man driving a Ford pick up truck. 

"One of the officers that was on the special detail noticed him at several different various locations throughout the city and it just didn't seem appropriate.  He was able to conduct a traffic stop and we were able to follow up on some more information and actually take him into custody," said Captain Sanders.

Davis tells police he lives at a home in the 5600 block of Queen Mary Lane in West Jackson.  He has no prior criminal history. Now the 49-year-old is charged with two counts of attempted exploitation of a child and two counts of attempted kidnapping.

"Madison is a safe city. I just think it is going to make us talk to our children, be more aware.  It can happen anywhere," said Mason.

Davis' bond was set at $500,000 for each count of attempted exploitation of a child and $500,000 for each count of attempted kidnapping for a total of $2 million.  He is being held at the Madison County Detention Center.

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