A man has been arrested in Petal on kidnapping charges after a Petal woman narrowly escaped his pursuit at approximately 1:15 am Saturday morning, but another woman was not so lucky. Omar Bankhead was taken into custody Monday night just before midnight by the Petal Police Department and booked into the Forrest County Detention Center on a kidnapping charge. Petal police are investigating at least two incidents involving Bankhead.
According to statements obtained by HPNM, the incidents occurred late Friday night and the early morning hours on Saturday. In one incident a man hiding in a tree line approached a female after she exited her vehicle. She had just arrived home from a friend’s home, and her mother let her dog out to greet her as she exited her vehicle. The dog sensed something in the shadows and began barking at the shadowy figure. Not sensing the danger at the moment, the woman thought the shadowy figure was just an area resident out walking and told him not to worry, that her dog doesn’t bite. As she turned to walk to her home, she noticed the man had begun pursuing her. She screamed and ran for the safety of her home. Bankhead got within 10 feet of her door, before he fled on foot. Petal Police responded within minutes. Another woman was not so lucky. According to the other victim’s mother, her daughter, “was broken into and violated.”
More details will be reported as they are released by Petal Police Department.