Courtez McMillian, 22, of Okolona, was jailed pending charges of aggravated assault, Police Chief Tim Brinkley said in a statement.
Okolona is about 30 miles north of West Point, where events unfolded outside two restaurants early Saturday.
Investigators are reviewing video footage from Saturday and have compiled a list of other possible suspects from a nearby county, Brinkley
said a Waffle House employee told police who answered a 1 a.m. disturbance call that a patron was creating a disturbance and upsetting other patrons.
was asked to leave, employees also asked the other patrons to leave, Brinkley
Knighten said that as he
and Weems headed from the Waffle House to Weems' house, they went into a Huddle House restaurant with a nearly vacant parking lot.
said, they apparently had been followed by more than 20 African-Americans.
told AP that surveillance video and witness accounts indicate far fewer than 20 people were involved and watching.
said investigators reviewing video believe most if not all the people on a list of other possible suspects are from Monroe County, adjacent to both Clay County, where West Point is located, and Chickasaw County, where Okolona is located.
The police chief did not immediately answer an emailed query about McMillian's race and whether the video shows black people attacking a white person, or whether police can charge someone with a hate crime.
Prosecutors and a grand jury would have to decide whether to bring a hate crime charge, Brinkley
"All we do is process the evidence and turn the case over to the district attorney who in turn presents it to the grand jury," he
said in the news release.
"It's within their discretion to add the hate crime enhancement."
said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney's Office
have been brief about the case.
told AP on Monday that investigators are also trying to find out why it took so long for anyone to call 911 about the fight outside the Huddle House.
He said a caller told a 911 dispatcher at 2 a.m. Sunday that a fight was going on, but when officers arrived "all of the perpetrators had left.
"Our investigation has revealed that most, if not all, of the assailants are from adjourning Monroe County," Police Chief Tim Brinkley said.
"A list of suspects has been developed and detectives have arrested one man in connection with this crime."
Arrested this afternoon was 22-year-old Courtez McMillian of 30469 Old Hwy 41 Ololona, Miss.
is being held in the Clay County Detention Center
, pending charges of aggravated assault.
Other arrests are pending.
also commented that a hate crime is an enhancement penalty.
"It's up to the Grand Jury to make this determination.
All we do is process the evidence and turn the case over to the District Attorney who in turn presents it to the Grand Jury.
It's within their discretion to add the hate crime enhancement.