MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis told WLOX, with the help of George County Sheriff's deputies they arrested Stephen Eugene Howell, 35, from the Lucedale area. Howell is charged with rape and kidnapping.
Based on evidence obtained from the victim and at a local hotel room, Moss Point Police authorities contacted George County Sheriff's Office and requested assistance locating Howell.
George County Sheriff's Deputies found Howell in a George County hotel late Friday night and arrested him without incident.
Moss Point Police Detectives traveled to George County and recovered additional evidence of the crime.
At the time of Howell's arrest, it was determined he had ingested an undetermined amount of prescription medication. Howell was transported to the George County Emergency Room where he was treated and released.
Howell is currently being held under a $500,000.00 bond issued by Municipal Court Judge Maxine Conway and will have an initial appearance on Tuesday.
If you have any information about this or other crimes, please contact the police department at (228) 475-1711 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 787-5898. You can also log onto the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers website by clicking HERE.