TULSA, Okla. - There were a lot of questions about the information police were releasing as the investigation into a series of sexual assaults on women in Tulsa was unfolding.
Now that the suspect, Desmond Campbell, has died and the case is closed, FOX23’s Janai Norman was able to take those questions to a member of the task force designed to find Campbell.
“Chief (Chuck) Jordan had no choice but to make this task force,” said Corporal Jack Pike.
Pike was one of 50 officers called to serve on the department-wide task force to catch the serial rapist.
Court documents shed light on how Pike said Campbell stayed a step ahead of officers by cutting phone lines and hiding or breaking victims’ cellphones to delay the call for help.
In those same documents Campbell allegedly indicated to a few of his victims he was, in fact, a black male.
“Why do you think that is information Tulsa police would not have released?” asked Norman.
“I don’t know the answer to that. We have to withhold certain information so it does not jeopardize our investigation,” said Pike.
Several comments on the FOX23 Facebook page had viewers asking why police released a sketch if they doubted its accuracy.
FOX23 asked Pike about that sketch.
“We were getting so many different descriptions from so many different people. That’s what was so hard about this task force, we didn’t know what we were looking for,” said Pike.
Officers didn’t find who they were looking for until Campbell got into a car wreck, prompting viewers to question if TPD ever would have captured him.
“There is no doubt in my mind, we would’ve caught this guy, but I don’t know how long it would’ve taken, we were doing everything in our power,” said Pike.
The DA was in the process of filing 23 counts against Campbell when he died.