Derrick Lashawn Brown (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
A Gulfport man is facing a laundry list of charges including kidnapping and attempted rape after police say he tried to assault two women at an apartment complex Wednesday morning.
Investigators say Derrick Lashawn Brown, 21, is charged with kidnapping, attempted rape, aggravated assault, attempted motor vehicle theft and simple assault.
Department spokesman Sgt. Damon McDaniel said officers responded to an assault and rape complaint at the Emerald Pines Apartments on 39th Avenue around 8 a.m.
McDaniel said it was reported that Brown grabbed a female victim between the legs while she was walking through the complex. That's when police say Brown forced his way into another woman's apartment and attempted to rape her.
McDaniel said the second victim fought back and was able to escape the apartment to get help.
Authorities say Brown then attempted to steal a witness's vehicle to leave the scene. That's where police found him, and he was arrested without incident.
McDaniel said Brown is being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $605,000 bond.