A suspect is now named in the serial sexual assault case that has frightened the public. Desmond Campbell was just released from prison in Oklahoma City in April.
“Campbell has no arrest record in Tulsa but a Google search by one of our investigators found that he was involved in a serious one car collision on I-44 and Sheridan last Sunday morning," Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said Thursday.
The crash occurred just a few miles from the latest victim's home and ten minutes after the latest sexual assault was reported.
Campbell was transported to a local hospital after his vehicle struck a light pole, where he currently remains in critical condition and unresponsive.
Investigators say lack of sleep is being looked at as the cause of the accident.
Jordan indicated the suspect was able to be linked to the assaults after evidence examined in the Tulsa police lab was forwarded to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for additional examination.
Originally eight sexual assaults were believed to have been committed by the same suspect, but investigators later dropped that number down to seven.
Jordan said the department is still aggressively investigating the case, but the task force will be disbanded and officers will return to their original assignments.
The police chief thanked numerous law enforcement and government agencies as well as the Tulsa community for their help in locating this suspect.
“In a time where we needed tips and leads badly Tulsans responded magnificently and came to our assistance,” Jordan said. “I’m truly proud to call Tulsa my home and I hope all of you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend.”
Investigators say Campbell was recently released from prison for crimes related to sexual assaults.