Suspect identified in Hub City assault

Suspect identified in Hub City assault

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A warrant has been issued for a possible suspect involved in an aggravated assault that occurred in broad daylight last week. 

HPD has a warrant issued for suspect Artavias McGowen, 26.

According to Lt. Jon Traxler with HPD, around 12:30 p.m. on September 17 officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of West 4th St in reference to an assault and theft.

When they arrived, they located a victim who said he was walking through the parking lot when he was approached and assaulted.

The victim told police that the suspect took his cellphone and fled. According to the victim's sister Karen Meinershagen, her brother is out of the hospital but has multiple facial fractures including a broken nose. He will need multiple surgeries.

Anyone with information on McGowen's whereabouts can contact HPD at 601-545-4971.