On January 6, 2018, at 5:15 p.m.the Gulfport Police Department arrested 27-year-old Joseph Nathaniel Bradford Jr, of Gulfport, on one count of Rape.

The arrest was the result of a patrol response on January 6, 2018 at 4:08 a.m. to a complaint of rape reported to have occurred in the 2000 block of 47th Avenue. The adult female (identification withheld) reported that they had recently met Bradford. It was reported that Bradford had forced sexual intercourse upon the victim while inside of a residence. The victim left the residence and notified police.

Gulfport Patrol Officers and a Detective responded to investigate the complaint. The resulting investigation let to a warrant being obtained charging Bradford with one count of Rape. The warrant was signed by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray who set bond at $200,000.

Once a warrant was obtained, Bradford was located by Officers and arrested without incident. After booking and other procedures, Bradford was transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility.