OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A man is behind bars in Ocean Springs and his girlfriend is recovering from her injuries all thanks to witnesses who saw the woman being attacked and took action to help her.
Just before 3pm Wednesday afternoon, police received a 911 call from a woman on Gibson Road who said she had just been attacked in her own home. She described her attacker as a black man, and said her boyfriend, Austin Hurless, chased him off.
But while the victim was talking to police, so were her neighbors who told dispatch what they saw happen. According to them, the attacker was a white man, and he was seen with a knife in his hand dragging a woman out of the house by her hair. They even yelled at the man and told him they were calling police.
Investigators believe that's when Hurless pulled the victim back into the house and forced her to call 911 and tell police she had been assaulted by a unknown black man. As for the knife, police said Hurless threw it over a fence near a pond on the property before they arrived.
The victim was taken to Ocean Springs Hospital by ambulance to be treated for her injuries. Once at the emergency room, she told detectives Austin Hurless had beaten and choked her with his hands, and placed a sheet over her head. And she said he threaten to kill her with the knife if she told police what actually happened.
Hurless is charged with felony domestic violence, and making a false police report. He was being held at the Ocean Springs Police Department awaiting an initial court appearance.
Investigators said Hurless is also under investigation for other crimes in Ocean Springs, unrelated to the domestic violence charge.
The victim is expected to make a full recovery.