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Sandy Brooks reveals kidnapper was ex-boyfriend
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Planet Garth. Doug Hass

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In court testimony, Sandy Brooks has spoken out about her kidnap ordeal in April, revealing the fugitive who abducted her was an ex-boyfriend.

Ms. Brooks, 44, hit the headlines when 28-year-old gang member Quintine Harper kidnapped her outside her Oklahoma home at gunpoint. The terrified mother of three sobbed, as she drove away, with the fugitive at her side, from bondsmen who had arranged to meet her at her home to arrest Harper. Minutes later she courageously made a dash for safety and ran into a store to call police. Harper was arrested shortly afterwards.

According to recent news reports, Brooks testified in court that she met Harper in October 2005 and he had been her boyfriend since early 2006. Things turned nasty, according to the court testimony, when Brooks demanded that Harper get a job or move out. Her demand led to Harper kidnapping her and threatening both Brooks and her three daughters.

She says, "He didn't think it was fair that I had ended the relationship and that I didn't know how special he was. He started talking about (gangs) Disciples and Bloods and the Crips and he said he was a Disciple and that the tattoo of a bulldog on his arm proved it." Frightened, Brooks decided to delve into Harper's past and discovered he was wanted by authorities. She called a local bondsman to notify him of Harper's whereabouts and then attempted to dupe Harper into staying with her until the law arrived. The trial continues in Rogers County.

The Associated Press wire service contributed to this report

[Author's Note: Planet Garth originally held off in reporting this story, but it has reached the AP and many other news outlets. What appears above is confirmable, and we have avoided using inflammatory, tabloid terms. You'll find enough of that in other news outlets. We recognize that Planet Garth readers may have differing opinions on both their interest level in this case and its relevance, and encourage you to visit our Planet Garth Forums if you have suggestions on ways that we can cover this news while remaining as respectful to the privacy of the Brooks family as possible.]




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