Authorities: Man accused in sex assault had asked for rental application

Cameron May
Cameron May

OCEAN SPRINGS -- Cameron Dwayne May met the woman he is accused of beating and raping at an Ocean Springs apartment complex office on Sept. 10 when he requested a rental application, police Capt. William Jackson said.

May, 24, of Biloxi, returned to the office of The Dominion apartments on Holcomb Boulevard about 11 a.m. the same day and came up behind the 33-year-old single mother as she sat alone, police said.

She was beaten, choked and forced to the floor, where she was sexually assaulted, police said.

The assailant fled as the woman lay bleeding, her jaw broken in several places and her ear lacerated, police said. But police said they had a lead -- a photograph of the assailant's white Chevrolet Suburban leaving the complex moments after the assault.

That and other evidence was presented Wednesday night when May appeared in Ocean Springs Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing. May is being held on an aggravated assault charge, though police expect to file more charges against him when forensic test results are in.

After hearing the evidence, Municipal Judge Matthew Mestayer ordered May held without bond, citing concern May would be a flight risk. He also determined there was enough evidence to bind the case over to a Jackson County grand jury for indictment.

May was arrested Sept. 21 when authorities in Okaloosa County, Fla., spotted him parked outside a Destin Goodwill store, sitting in the white SUV from the photo.

He refused to waive his extradition proceedings so a governor's warrant was issued to force his return to Mississippi. Ocean Springs police retrieved him last week from Florida.

He is now being held at the Jackson County jail.

May was scheduled to have his preliminary hearing last week, but he asked the judge for time to hire his own attorney. When he returned to court Wednesday, shackled and chained and wearing a bulletproof vest, he was with his new attorney, Melvin Cooper.

May, who told police he was a server in the food and beverage industry, has denied any wrongdoing.