By WLOX Staff
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - D'Iberville Police are looking for the man who was wearing nothing but a mask when he attacked a woman Monday afternoon. Police say attack happened just before 6 p.m. as the woman was leaving a popular swimming spot known as "Redneck Beach" or "The Cliff" off Riverside Drive.
The woman told police she had spent the day sunning and was headed to her car when she noticed a white man hiding behind a tree. When the man jumped out, he was nude, wearing only a camouflage mask over his face. He was also carrying a shotgun or rifle.
Chief Wayne Payne said the woman yelled at the man to stop and then ran off. The man chased the woman, eventually catching up to her and knocking her to the ground. Chief Payne said the woman managed to fight off the attacker and escape. The naked man ran into the woods.
Captain Keith Davis said the attack was probably not the first. And that the department is working with other coast agencies who have had similar reports, possibly from the same man.
In the meantime, Davis has this advice for those who take a trip to the Cliff.
"If you are coming to this area, we ask that you be careful and mindful of the trails. Try to stay in groups, especially if you are a female, and just be aware of your surroundings," Davis said.
"This is a very dangerous person," said Chief Payne. "We want him off the streets as soon as possible."
The victim and witnesses described the nude white male as about six feet tall, 250 pounds, with a "pot belly."
As D'Iberville Police follow up on leads, they are asking anyone with information about this incident, or any similar attack, to contact the D'Iberville Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at (228) 396-4252.