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DNA matches park rape suspect; charges filed
by Jebb Johnston
Feb 11, 2014 | 226 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With DNA evidence in hand, the Corinth Police Department has charged a man in the rape of a woman at Crossroads Regional Park last August.

Garnett Denzell Hughes, 25, was charged Tuesday morning with rape, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery. Bond was set at $100,000 per charge for a total of $500,000.

Hughes has been incarcerated at the Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility since his arrest at the scene of a second rape that occurred at a Beechwood Circle residence in the West Hills Subdivision.

Detective Capt. Ralph Dance said DNA evidence from the Aug. 15 park rape was sent to the crime lab for analysis, and the results confirm that it was the suspect’s DNA taken in the rape kit.

It was a case that stirred fear in the community.

“We’re really excited to close out this case,” said Dance. “We hope this will help the community sleep a little better at night.”

Hughes was arrested Aug. 25 after the 12-year-old daughter of the second rape victim at a Beechwood Circle residence called 911 while the man was there. Officers apprehended the man after he dove out a back window.

In that case, he was charged at the time with rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary with intent to commit assault. Police believed he was the likely perpetrator of the prior rape.

The park rape happened on the night of Aug. 15 when two friends at the park were approached by a young man with a gun. He had the man and woman lie facedown on the ground and then had them move to an area away from the lights before committing the rape of the woman.

Dance said Hughes is from Belzoni and had come to Corinth to be with a girl he met on the Internet. He was staying with another subject on Cruise Street at the time of the rape.

Dance commended Detective Heather Glass for her work on the case.
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