BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Police in Bay St. Louis are hot on the trail of a man who attacked a woman Monday night near the soccer fields at Seminary Drive.
The attacker is believed to be a homeless man who lives in the area. He's a white man with a gray beard, approximately 50 years old, six foot tall and extremely tan. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue pants.
Police tell WLOX News the attack happened Monday around 4pm. A soccer coach was putting up equipment in a storage shed when the man suddenly hit her on the head, pulled her hair, and tried to drag her into the shed. Investigators believe the man may have been living in the storage shed.
But the woman fought back, punching and kicking her way free. The man took off and was last seen jumping a fence.
A massive search ensued. The Hancock County Sheriff's Department brought in their K9 units, and they were following a scent until a downpour of rain brought everything to a halt. The dogs lost the scent, but the searched continued through the night.
Tuesday morning, a resident from the Chapel Hill subdivision near the Bay Bridge called police to report seeing a fence had been vandalized. The person also reported seeing a man near the fence who matched the description of the attacker from Monday night. Police descended upon the area, but the search is still ongoing.
If you've seen anyone matching this description, or have any information that could help investigators, call the Bay St. Louis Police Department at (228) 467-9222. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.
Later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com, Al Showers will have more on the search. He'll also tell us how the victim used self defense skills she originally learned from the Bay St. Louis Police to save herself.