Tulsa residents react to discovery of suspect in serial attack cases

TULSA - Residents around Green Country can finally breathe a sigh of relief as police announced the capture of suspect, Desmond L. Campbell, in the string of serial assaults.

At iidentity salon on Brookside the immediate reaction was relief and hope that the attacks will finally stop now that a man has been taken into custody.

For the past month, iidentity has been one of the many groups of people trying to keep Tulsa residents safe. There have been swapping safety tips and even created a map to keep customers aware of the situation.

After watching the news conference, the ladies at the salon are happy, but still cautious in the coming months.

"I'm still going to keep my precautions and be careful. You know I definitely learned the hard way by seeing everything on the news to not go anywhere by myself and keep the doors locked, it's a relief he's gone but there are still men out there like that," said Lana Duis, iidentity hair salon stylist.

As the fear starts to subside some are just looking to heal.

One of the victims in the serial assaults, 62-year-old Roberta Osborne, said she is furious at herself, her attacker and still dealing with physical and emotional pain.

Osborne recapped her attack, which occurred early in the morning as she was watering her plants.

Just one small mistake, leaving her front door opened, led her to be pushed face-first into her own bed and sexually assaulted. She was held at knife point and her hands were tied together with shoe laces as he attacked her.

Osborne talked about the aftermath of the attack and how she is trying to cope with what happened to her.

"I've tried to forgive this guy in my heart, mind and soul. I know someday I'll be able to forgive him but not know, I just can't do it no matter what," she said.

The other victims were covered in bruises and gashes, some were even missing chunks of hair from their attack.

Tulsa police cited one important aspect in this case that was a big part of their capture: the involvement and tips from the community.

While police ultimately identified the suspect using their own resources, they still noted the positive impact citizens had by sending in tips.

Police Chief Chuck Jordan talked about the task force's ability to find new leads based on some of the tips that were called in.

Several people re-established neighborhood watch groups specifically designed to warn surrounding citizens to use precaution in regards to the serial attacker case.

Even with the serial attacker suspect identified, crime experts said it's important for that level of involvement and awareness to continue.

"We need them to keep being vigilante. Keep calling in. Keep being aware. Keep locking the doors and windows and turning on your lights and calling police. We can catch a lot and stop a lot of crime if we all work together," said Carol Bush, Crime Prevention Network.

The Crime Prevention Network also said they have been getting more phone calls and emails as of lately from Tulsa residents wanting to start their own neighborhood watch programs. They said all it really takes is for each person to pay attention to what is going on in their neighborhoods and report any suspicious behavior to police.

 

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