OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - After an eleven day search, the suspect wanted in connection to a brutal beating and sexual assault has been captured. He managed to avoid police for days until he was arrested in Florida.
Upon hearing the news that police had arrested 24-year-old Cameron May, residents tell me they breathed a sigh of relief. Not only because he is no longer on the streets, but because they can sleep a little easier.
Happy and relieved, that's how these women described their emotions when learning that the man wanted in connection to a brutal assault and rape at Dominion Apartments, had been captured.
"For the past week I haven't been able to sleep because it happened right here," said Kellye Bolar who is a resident at Dominion Apartments.
On September 10th, Ocean Springs Police say a woman working in the leasing office at Dominion apartments was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted. They were looking for a Biloxi man named Cameron May, wanted in connection to the attack. After a nearly two week search, he was arrested in a Destin, Florida Goodwill parking lot.
"When that information first came out, texts started going around the six of us in our group. You know everything from praise the Lord to elated," said Robin Cooley.
Robin Cooley is a co-founder of Women Against Violence Everywhere. The group hosted a vigil for the victim after the attack.
"We're excited for this family, because we know this is going to bring them relief, but I know so many people who have been nervous to just go about their daily routine. So, I think it's a relief for the whole community," said Cooley.
Friends who work with the victim at Dominion Apartments say coming to terms with the attack has been hard.
"It's been very nerve racking for myself, the family, her family, her, and everyone in the community as well. It's been a terrible thing that you never think would happen in this community, and it did. I'm just glad he's in custody," said Tracey Ross who is the asset Manager at Dominion Apartments.
Although the suspect is now behind bars, Ross says their focus is still on keeping the victim lifted up.
"I've seen her, text her, talked to her. She's not only an employee, but very you know we treat our employees like family and she's part of our family," said Ross.
Captain Jackson with the Ocean Springs Police Department says the suspect has to go before a judge in Florida before he is extradited back to Mississippi.