Garnett Hughes, 25, was arrested at a Beechwood Circle address about 4:40 Sunday morning. On Monday afternoon, the Corinth Police Department charged him with armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, and burglary with intent to commit assault. Hughes has a Belzoni address but apparently has been in Corinth for several months.
Bond is set at $1 million and Hughes is in custody at the Alcorn County Jail.
“We believe this subject may be in fact the one that committed the rape at the city park,” said Detective Capt. Ralph Dance. “We are in the process of connecting the dots. The similarities in the crimes are pretty overwhelming.”
In this case, Dance said 911 received a call from a child who said there was a man in the house and he was hurting her mother. Police were on the scene in one or two minutes and surrounded the house.
Officers could hear a woman inside yelling and saying she had to get her clothes on. Dance said she was able to get away from the man and come to the door, where officers pulled her outside as the man was diving out a back window. Officers apprehended him as he tried to escape.
The victim told Dance that when Hughes knocked at the door, she thought it was going to be a neighbor who sometimes comes to her home. Instead she encountered Hughes, dressed all in black with his face covered and holding a gun.
“He told her to get on the ground and to crawl to the back of the house,” said Dance. “He was asking her who all was there and said, ‘Give me all your money.’”
The victim said the man was screaming at her and raped her in the bedroom.
Her children were in another bedroom. Her 12-year-old daughter used her cell phone to text her grandmother for help and then called 911.
“Had it not been for her quick bravery and courage, this guy may not have got caught,” said Dance. “It’s a sad situation, unfortunately, but the silver lining is we’ve got this man off the streets, and everybody gets to walk away from this crime.”
Hughes had two prior felony convictions on his record, both for armed robbery, out of Holmes County and Humphreys County.
Dance said detectives learned that Hughes had met a female on the Internet and moved to Corinth in November, staying with her. They later broke up, but Hughes stayed in Corinth.
Evidence from both rape cases has been sent to the state crime lab.