Convicted rapist arrested again 32 days after release from prison

Convicted rapist arrested again 32 days after release from prison

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Laurel man who was out of prison for just 32 days after serving time for rape and kidnapping now faces similar charges in Gulfport.

Maurice Vernado Pugh, 39, is charged with the kidnapping and attempted rape of a woman as she left Club Blue Envy nightclub in Gulfport.

Police say Pugh grabbed the woman around 3 a.m. Sunday as she was walking to her vehicle and dragged her to the side of the road. Sgt. Damon McDaniel, spokesman for the Gulfport Police Department, said Pugh was attempting to rape the woman when an officer arrived.

Pugh ran and was captured after a short chase.

Pugh served nine years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2004 kidnapping and a 2005 rape. He pleaded guilty to both crimes in 2007 and was sentence to 20 years.

According to the Jones County District Attorney's Office, Pugh was released from Mississippi Department of Corrections custody on Jan. 13. Pugh was booked into the Harrison County Jail on Feb. 14.

In addition to the kidnapping and attempted rape charges in Gulfport, Pugh is also charged with possession of marijuana and probation violations. He's being held under a $200,000 bond awaiting his initial court appearance.

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