Laurel police searching for rapist of 12-year-old

A 12-year-old Laurel girl is now hospitalized while her accused rapist is on the run.

Laurel police are searching for Gustavo Preza, 22, who they said allegedly kidnapped the girl from her home on 15th Avenue, drove her to a remote location and raped her.

He allegedly dropped her off at South Central Regional Medical Center. Police said if you know Preza's whereabouts please contact the Laurel Police Department or Jones County Crimestoppers.