Gulfport man arrested in kidnapping of ex-girlfriend

HARRISON COUNTY — A Gulfport man tried Tuesday to kidnap his ex-girlfriend, Harrison County sheriff’s officials said.

Harrison County Sheriff Peterson said Ernie Lizana, 48, was arrested Tuesday on a felony kidnapping charge.

Peterson said the woman claims Lizana came to her home and assaulted her while she was taking out the trash, put her in his car and drove away with her, then took her to the home of a relative where she escaped from the vehicle.

Lizana was arrested about 4 a.m., using a K-9 unit when Lizana tried to resist arrest, Peterson said. Lizana was taken to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport where he was treated and released for a dog bite.

He was taken to the Harrison County jail, where he is being held on a $1 million bond. He was also on probation for a state drug conviction.