UPD releases statement about recent crimes on Longleaf Trace

UPD releases statement about recent crimes on Longleaf Trace

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University Police Department at Southern Miss released a statement Friday afternoon regarding the recent incidents on the Longleaf Trace.

On June 10, an alleged sexual assault occurred on the Longleaf Trace around 10 p.m. Hattiesburg police are still looking for the suspect.

An armed robbery and kidnapping also happened on the Trace last week and so far, two people have been arrested in connection to the crime. HPD is still searching for a third suspect.

UPD released the following statement about the incidents:

"In light of recent incidents reported on the Longleaf Trace in Hattiesburg, University of Southern Mississippi Police want to remind students, faculty and staff who use the recreational pathway to be vigilant in taking precautions to ensure safety. Hattiesburg Police are investigating two separate incidents that occurred earlier this month: an alleged sexual assault and an alleged armed robbery/kidnapping. While the Longleaf Trace does not fall under the jurisdiction of the University Police Department, the Trace's gateway and other portions run adjacent to the Hattiesburg campus."

UPD also advises Longleaf Trace users to note the following safety tips:

  • Take a friend, or friends, along
  • Always have a cell phone handy
  • Use the Trace in daylight hours only, if possible
  • Report any unusual or suspicious behavior
  • Should an emergency situation arise, dial 911