MS police: Attempted kidnapping suspect could be visiting Auburn fan

The attack happened the night of the Auburn, Ole Miss game. The suspect was wearing orange and blue.

MS police: Attempted kidnapping suspect could be visiting Auburn fan
Do you recognize the man in these photos? He's a person of interest in an assault and attempted kidnapping Oct. 20, the night of the Auburn/Ole Miss game. (Source: Oxford Police Department)

OXFORD, MS (WSFA) - Nearly two weeks have passed since Oxford, Mississippi, police opened an investigation into an assault and attempted kidnapping case. Now, law enforcement is reaching out to news outlets across Alabama in hopes of breaking the case.

Why would Oxford police look to their neighboring state? The crime happened on Oct. 20, the night the Auburn Tigers visited town to play Ole Miss and the suspect was wearing orange and blue.

Police have developed a person of interest in the case and photos show him wearing what appears to be a burnt orange shirt and blue zip-up jacket. He may be local to Mississippi, but there is a possibility he’s from Alabama and visited for the game.

Officers were called to the assault on Oxford’s Van Buren Avenue near South 5th Street in Oxford around 8 p.m. where they found the victim.

She said she’d been grabbed from behind as she was walking and told officers the man was wearing a dark colored zip-up jacket, orange or red shirt, khaki’s and a light tan Costa ball cap with a light blue Costa symbol.

The victim fought off her attacker and ran to a nearby house to call 911. Police said the suspect also fled, running toward the Ford Center parking lot where he got into a newer model white car.

Do you recognize the man in these photos? He's a person of interest in an assault and attempted kidnapping Oct. 20, the night of the Auburn/Ole Miss game.
Do you recognize the man in these photos? He's a person of interest in an assault and attempted kidnapping Oct. 20, the night of the Auburn/Ole Miss game. (Source: Oxford Police Department)
The person of interest is seen walking from his white Nissan Maxima into a convenience store.
The person of interest is seen walking from his white Nissan Maxima into a convenience store. (Source: Oxford Police Department)

Investigators shared four photos of the possible suspect with Alabama media in hopes that someone may recognize him and call police. The vehicle is a white Nissan Maxima.

And the suspect left behind a big clue. As he was fleeing, the suspect dropped his hat, which authorities recovered.

The suspect dropped his Costa hat as he was fleeing the scene of an assault and attempted kidnapping.
The suspect dropped his Costa hat as he was fleeing the scene of an assault and attempted kidnapping. (Source: Oxford Police Department)

There is a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

If you have any information, call Oxford Police at 662-232-2400 or email sfortner@oxfordpolice.net.

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