Suspect charged in August rape at Corinth park

Crime Stock By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth Police Department on Tuesday charged Garnett Denzell Hughes, 25, of Belzoni, in an Aug. 15, 2013, rape at Crossroads Regional Park in Corinth.

Hughes has been held in Alcorn County Regional Jail since his Aug. 25, 2013, arrest on charges of sexual battery, kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary of a dwelling after an alleged attempted rape at a residence on Beechwood Circle. Trial is set for April 8.

The additional charges stem from an Aug. 15, 2013, case in which a man and woman reported being assaulted by a man with a gun who also raped the woman, said Capt. Ralph Dance.

“Detective Heather Glass, who is in charge of the case,” got DNA from Hughes and sent it to the crime lab along with DNA from the rape victim. Monday we were notified there was a DNA match.”

The new charges include rape, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of kidnapping, with bond on each set at $100,000, for a total of $500,000, Dance said. The case will be presented to the next grand jury, and Dance said Glass is to be commended for her diligence in handling the case.

Hughes was arrested after the Corinth Police Department received a call about 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 25, 2013, that there was an intruder in a home on Beechwood Circle.

A 12-year-old reported that her mother was being assaulted in another part of the house.

Officers quickly arrived at the scene, and after gaining entry to the house went inside to search. Other officers at the rear of the house intercepted the suspect who jumped out a back window of the house.

At the time Dance called the 12-year-old a young hero, whose quick action led to the suspect’s capture.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com