Assault and sexual battery presumed

Published 5:30 pm Wednesday, February 14, 2007

An incident allegedly involving four suspects and three victims occurred this past weekend when a woman is believed to have been sexually assaulted.

According to reports from the Picayune Police Department Deputy Chief David Ervin said the incident took place on Feb. 11 at about 9:30 p.m. One victim reported there was a knock at the door of the residence in the area of Lewis Circle and when the male victim answered the door he was allegedly sprayed with mace and pushed to the floor by a black male assailant.

Allegedly a total of four male suspects entered the residence wearing black clothing and bandannas across their face. Further descriptions could not be given due to the victim being sprayed with mace, the report states.

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Another male in the residence heard the noise and came into the room to investigate and he was forced to the floor at gunpoint and hit over the head several times, Ervin said.

A suspect allegedly went to a back room where a female victim was and asked for money and was told there was none. The female victim was allegedly sexually assaulted, Ervin said the report states.

After the suspects fled the residence the victims called 911 and the female victim was taken to Highland Community Hospital.

Ervin said officers canvassed the area and asked neighbors for information, which they were unable to obtain.

The only property taken during the incident was a set of keys and a wallet containing miscellaneous papers, Ervin said.

Some materials were collected during the investigation and are undergoing crime lab investigation work, which the department is currently awaiting reports for.

The investigation is still ongoing, Ervin said.

“We are actively working on this,” Ervin said.