Surveillance photos put a face on manhunt suspect

Surveillance video in Virginia captured these pictures of a man who used a credit card at a specific date and time that matched up with receipts found inside a stolen 2009 Dodge Caliber. (Photo source: Harrison County Sheriff's Dept.)
Surveillance video in Virginia captured these pictures of a man who used a credit card at a specific date and time that matched up with receipts found inside a stolen 2009 Dodge Caliber. (Photo source: Harrison County Sheriff's Dept.)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - We are now getting a look at the man authorities believe is hiding somewhere in the woods of Harrison County.

Surveillance video in Virginia captured these pictures of a man who used a credit card at a specific date and time that matched up with receipts found inside a stolen 2009 Dodge Caliber.

That car was first spotted by a Harrison County Sheriff's deputy on Interstate 10 Wednesday around 10:20am. The deputy ran the tag and discovered the car was stolen. When he switched on his blue lights and siren, the driver sped away, leading deputies on a 25 mile high speed chase into Hancock County, then back into Harrison County.

Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said stop sticks were deployed twice, but the suspect was able to avoid them. A third set of stop sticks were laid out on Highway 53, but as the driver approached the area, he slowed down, jumped from the still moving vehicle, and ran into the woods north of Highway 53.

Multiple agencies, including sheriff's deputies and K-9 units from Hancock, Harrison and Pearl River counties, as well as Mississippi Highway Patrol officers have all been involved in the manhunt. Harrison County's helicopter is in the air, and authorities are posted along the Wolf River standing watch.

Two handguns and an AR-15 assault rifle were found inside the car. Investigators say the weapons and other property found inside the car were all stolen from the Virginia area. Receipts also found in the car have helped investigators track the suspect all the way back to Virginia, including a stop in Mobile, AL Wednesday morning.

Surveillance photos of the wanted man give a clearer picture of who authorities are searching for. He's a Hispanic or light skinned black man, about 6' tall and 180-190lbs with short, dark hair. He was last seen wearing light colored pants and a white shirt.

Sheriff Brisolara is asking anyone who might come in contact with a man fitting this description in and around the Hwy 53/Harrison-Hancock County line area to call 911.

WLOX News spoke with several residents in the area who were staying in their homes with the doors locked. One man told us he'd be sleeping with his pistol until this wanted man was tracked down. He even offered to help out deputies by gathering a few friends with horses to ride down the country trails with the hope of "flushing him out." No word on whether officials will take him up on that offer.

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