Crime

Man in critical condition after beating; 1 arrested

By WESLEY MULLER

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BILOXI -- Police arrested a 22-year-old accused in the beating of a man Sunday outside a home.

Remerious Barnes of Gulfport faces a charge of assault.

Biloxi police Sgt. O'Neil Adams said officers responded about 6 p.m. Sunday to an area hospital. They learned a 65-year-old man had been dropped off there, unresponsive and suffering from life-threatening injuries.

During the investigation, detectives learned Barnes had assaulted the man outside a home in the 600 block of Crescent Street early on May 21, Adams said.

Adams said family members took the wounded man to his residence in Gulfport; when his condition did not improve, relatives took him to a hospital the following day.

"At one point, he wasn't expected to make it," Adams said, adding no weapons were used in the attack.

Agents with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Barnes on Friday.

He is being held in the Harrison County jail without bond. He was already out on bond for an armed robbery charge in Hattiesburg, Adams said.

Barnes and the wounded man know each other, but the motive for the assault is unknown.

As of Friday, the man was listed as stable but in critical condition at the hospital.

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