HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A self-proclaimed youth leader, known to some as "Mr. Hattiesburg," is behind bars once again and facing felony charges for intimidating a witness.
Rev. Derrian Moye, 27, a.k.a "Mr. Hattiesburg," was arrested Wednesday night and charged with one felony count of intimidating a witness.
According to Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler, Moye tried to get the victim and family to recant their story in connection to a March 16 aggravated assault that took place in the Burkett Creek West subdivision.
Police said that the intimidation incident stemmed from verbal threats that occurred in mid-June in the 800 block of Laura Street in Hattiesburg.
Dreshawn Sullivan, 20 of Hattiesburg was arrested Tuesday, June 9, on a warrant in connection to the aggravated assault that occurred at the Burkett Creek West home, located on Fellers Crossing. Sullivan's bond was set at $250,000 and he was transferred into the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
"Moye is not employed by the city of Hattiesburg, however he does reach out to community leaders and businesses for community events in the Hub City," Hattiesburg Mayor Public Relations Coordinator Chinika Hughes said.
Moye's LinkedIn profile lists his current occupation as the "Senior Pastor at The Church House" located at 1101 Dewey Street and links to a website, www.savingourteens.org, that has been disabled.
A summary on that page includes this:
"A proud member of the ADP(Area Development Partnership)! A local celebrity whose influence resources capital & talents as perhaps one of most the popular & influential not to mention youngest public figures continues to soar through partnerships, sponsorships, & endorsements, via non-profit for- profit & other ventures. Community involvement remains at the top with spreading awareness on various of issues affecting young people through community service while maintaining his brand in the entertainment world in which led to his wide spread local fame through music as a music artist hosting parties & mainstream concerts consulting etc. Mr.Hattiesburg's passion to serve Jesus through helping others continues to be his life mission."
Moye is currently being housed at the Forrest County Jail, where he is awaiting his initial appearance.
In past, Moye, known as the head of a Hub City community outreach program designed to help get kids off the streets and out of a life of crime, was also arrested in July 2011 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to reports, Moye and another suspect were arrested after the parents of a teenage girl reported their daughter missing.
The parents told police their daughter had gone to a community center for an activity but did not return home. Witnesses told authorities they saw two female juveniles get into an SUV belonging to Moye.
According to the incident report, police went to Moye's apartment where they found the two suspects along with the two juveniles. Both Moye and the other suspect were booked into the Forrest County Jail. Moye was also charged with a probation violation.
Moye was also arrested for statutory rape in 2007, but struck a deal when he pleaded guilty to uttering forgery charges in Forrest County.