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September 27, 2013

Arrest warrant issued for alleged rapist

PRYOR, OK — The Mayes County District Attorney’s office has issued a warrant for the arrest of Bobby Lee Hurst, 50, from Wisconsin, for the brutal rape of a Tulsa woman. The assault took place in Mayes County.

Hurst is being charged with felony rape in the first degree by force or fear.

According to the probable cause affidavit, filed on Sept. 20, the victim first encountered Hurst at the Flying J truck stop in Tulsa.

“She was trying to get a ride to Arkansas,” Chouteau Police Officer Travis Cox stated in the affadavit. “She stated she encountered a black male ... who told (her) he was traveling to Ft. Smith, and that she could ride with him.”

The victim accepted the offer of a ride with Hurst in his tractor trailer. The duo traveled east on Highway 412 until they reached Chouteau, where Hurst stopped at the Love’s truck stop to get some rest.

“(She) stated that she and the man talked for a while before he grabbed her by the throat, threw her in the sleeper area of the truck, and raped her repeatedly throughout the night,” Cox stated.

According to the victim’s statement to police, Hurst raped her vaginally, anally and forced her to perform oral sex. Hurst assaulted the victim throughout the course of the attack.

Early the following morning, while Hurst was urinating in a bottle, the victim jumped from the truck and ran to get help. Hurst fled the area.

Cox reported that the victim “had redness and lacerations on both the left and right elbows.”

He also observed injuries to both forearms.

“The sexual assault report stated that (her) physical injuries were arms, hip, sting upon urination and abdominal cramps,” Cox reported. The victim told police that Hurst threatened to kill her if she reported the incident.

According to the affadavit, a male DNA profile was obtained and subsequently entered into the DNA Index System (CODIS) Database in July.

A few weeks later, law enforcement was notified by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation that a potential match was obtained with the DNA submitted by Chouteau Police and a Wisconsin offender.

The offender was identified as Bobby Lee Hurst (aka Robert L. Hurst, Robert L. O’Hurst).

A photo was obtained of Hurst and the victim identified him in a photo lineup.

According to Wisconsin court records, Hurst has at least four misdemeanor convictions for retail theft going back to 1992.

Hurst has also had misdemeanor convictions for resisting arrest and obstructing an officer as well as bail jumping.

Though his crimes were all misdemeanor thefts, the Wisconsin court clerk said Hurst’s DNA profile was obtained because of the repeat nature of his crimes. His profile was subsequently entered into CODIS making a match possible in the rape case.

Hurst’s whereabouts are unknown but law enforcement has been in contact with the Racine County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin regarding the warrant.


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