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Governor's warrant should return assault suspect to Ocean Springs

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OCEAN SPRINGS -- A Biloxi man suspected of attacking and sexually assaulting a woman at an apartment complex office will likely be extradited against his will in a couple of weeks.

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed an order requesting Florida Gov. Rick Scott turn over Cameron Dwayne May for prosecution, District Attorney Tony Lawrence said Wednesday.

May, 24, is accused in the Sept. 10 beating and assault of a single mother in the manager's office at The Dominion apartment complex in Ocean Springs.

The woman, in her 30s, recently was released from a hospital. Friends said she is still recuperating.

May was found in Destin, Fla., Sept. 21. The Okaloosa County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office confirmed he was sitting in his vehicle outside a Goodwill Store.

Ocean Springs police had obtained an arrest warrant on an aggravated assault charge.

"We're looking at other charges we could file against him," police Capt. William Jackson said Wednesday.

May is held in Okaloosa County, where he refused to waive his right to an extradition hearing.

Ocean Springs police at first were unable to search his vehicle and then delayed the investigation because an Okaloosa County deputy had just been killed in the line of duty.

Jackson said police have since searched the vehicle and are awaiting forensic analysis on that and other evidence.

The woman, who was alone in the apartment-complex office on Holcomb Boulevard, was grabbed from behind and beaten, her jaw broken in several places, police said.

She was sitting in a breezeway bleeding and with two tenants by her side when police arrived.

May was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban photographed at The Dominion and was in that SUV when he was found, authorities said.

The Dominion offered a $10,000 reward and friends came forward to set up fundraisers to help the woman.

Ocean Springs police have said the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers received more than a dozen tips in the case.

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