Man arrested in Ocean Springs, charged with rape

Published 6:41 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2007

With the help of equipment at the Biloxi Police Department, authorities in Ocean Springs were able to identify a man wanted for rape and arrested him early Saturday.

Authorities said Jess L. Green, 20, admitted abducting and raping one woman last week and abducting another woman who escaped before she was attacked.

“It’s a tremendous relief,” Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran said.

Ocean Springs police had been watching a security video of the suspect for several days with no luck identifying him. After Biloxi’s equipment was used to clean up the image, an Ocean Springs department employee recognized Green.

Moran said police worked around the clock since the attacks were reported. Both abductions, which happened June 30 and July 2 in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart on U.S. 90, were acknowledged by police on Wednesday.

Authorities had been using a composite sketch to identify the alleged attacker. Both attacks happened at night and involved petite blondes who agreed to give rides to Green.

He allegedly pulled a gun once inside the vehicles and told the women to drive away.

The second woman was able to get away during the attempted rape and ran to a nearby house for help.

Authorities said they found the gun believed to be used in the attacks near Green’s home and are taking DNA samples for testing.