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Tulsa man says he unknowingly let a man wanted by police stay at his home

Posted at 8:56 AM, May 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-10 14:10:54-04

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa man unknowingly let a man wanted by police inside his home Thursday night. This as police warned neighbors to be on the lookout for 40-year-old Elga Harper who is suspected of brutally assaulting a 70-year-old woman.

And earlier today 2 News spoke to Deuce, the man who let Harper inside his home. He says Harper knocked on his door needing a place to stay. The man, who is disabled, thought it would be a nice thing to do until he learned more about who Harper is and what police believe he did.

“I didn’t know what a dangerous person he was,” Deuce said.

Deuce says it was late last night when he let Elga Harper inside his home. He knows Harper does work as a “handyman” in the neighborhood, so he welcomed him in. It wasn’t until the morning when he got a call from his mother who warned him that a dangerous man was in his neighborhood.

“I’m looking over at his feet, and I’m thinking closer than you think,” Deuce said.

Deuce says he woke up to the phone call from his mother while Harper was sleeping on the ground near him.

“It was on speakerphone and it woke him up and he heard it so he took off.”

Duece’s mother got off the phone and called the police immediately. He says Harper escaped from the backyard minutes before police arrived.

“They’ve been chasing him ever since.”

Police found and arrested Harper on May 10.

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