Local agencies working together to solve Jones Co. rapes

Two elderly women were robbed and raped in Jones County in the last couple weeks.  Friday, Jones County Sheriff Larry Dykes asked for help from law enforcement agencies from across the Pine Belt.

Several robberies and sexual assaults in Jones County are renewing concerns by many residents that a serial rapist may be on the loose.  It's one reason why Jones County authorities are seeking assistance from more than a dozen investigators across the Pine Belt.

"We are having this meeting with several different agencies within the state---Hattiesburg Police Department, district attorneys in surrounding counties," says Sheriff Dykes.  "We are here to share information and to see if we can catch this perpetuator who is victimizing these women."

Dykes says if you have elderly family members who live alone, it's important to keep an eye on them daily.

"Check on these people. We are doing everything in our power and will continue to do so to catch this person," says Sheriff Dykes.

Dykes says he hopes meeting with other law enforcement agencies will soon stop these vicious crimes.   "We got a lot of physical evidence and maybe this meeting today will bring forth so more help to us to find out who this is person is."

Dykes says the suspect is described as a Hispanic male approximately 5'6" to 5'9" with a stocky build.  He's believed to be in his late-teens, early twenties and speaks broken English.  If you have any information about the suspect, you're asked to contact your local authorities.