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April 21, 2012

Wagoner rape suspect behind bars

Man accused in two rapes found through sketch, confirmed by DNA evidence

WAGONER — A man wanted in the rape of two elderly Wagoner women last summer is behind bars, Wagoner Police Chief Bob Haley said.

Earl Wayne Campbell, 56, is in the Garfield County Jail in Enid on complaints of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and forcible sodomy in Garfield County. Haley said someone who saw a sketch police released last year of the alleged rapist called in a tip that led officers to Campbell.

DNA evidence linked Campbell to the crimes, Haley said.

“I’ve been wanting to say this for about 10 months,” Haley said in regards to the arrest being made. “We’re excited about the ability to tell the citizens of Wagoner that the guy that was doing this to our city is in custody.”

Campbell is accused of raping a 71-year old woman Aug. 2, and a 63-year old woman Aug. 17. Haley said when the paperwork is filed in Wagoner County District Court, Campbell will face two first-degree rape, three first-degree robbery and three first-degree burglary complaints.

After the rapes occurred in August, Haley said Wagoner residents were “living in fear.”

“It was really almost to the point of hysteria,” Haley said. “But our residents stepped up to the plate and watched out for each other. I’m really proud of our citizens. It just makes me really happy to be able to do this.”

Haley said Det. Chris Edwards spoke to the two rape victims once the police department connected Campbell with last August’s crimes.

“They were very, very happy,” Edwards said.

Haley said Campbell is unconnected to a third rape that took place after the initial two.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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