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April 19, 2013

Law enforcement officials find warrant on man in Payne County

STILLWATER, Okla. — While investigating a harassing phone call complaint, Lawton police officers found a suspect Payne County deputies have been searching for since 2011.

According to Lawton Police Capt. Craig Akard, officers were investigating a harassing phone call complaint when they made contact with 36-year-old David Stingley.

Officers, as procedure, checked records to see if there were any warrants for Stingley and found there was one in Payne County where he is charged with mailing, threatening or harassing letters anonymous or otherwise. He is being held in the Payne County jail on $7,500 bail.

Akard said Stingley was not listed as a suspect for the phone harassment case.

According to the arrest affidavit for Stingley, in May 2010 deputies found a small cardboard box wrapped in masking tape at a Coyle residence addressed to “the lady of the house.”

Inside was a pair of women’s flannel pants, a women’s flannel shirt and two handwritten letters.

The first letter advised the reader that the writer’s name was Dave Smith and he installs security cameras and had put security cameras in the reader’s home.

He went on to ask how many more cameras the resident needed.

The second letter instructed the “lady of the house” to send the “man of the house” away for five hours so she would be alone all day.

The writer said he would be watching until the man leaves and would then come over.

“You will seat in a chair facing the wall and I will be putting you to sleep and you will do everything that I tell you to do ok,” the second letter reads.

It goes on to instruct the woman to not call the police to put on the clothes in the package and buy cell phones for the writer to call.

“You will have the time of your life,” the letter reads.

The investigation led to David Stingley and a warrant was issued for his arrest in June 2011.

He is scheduled to appear in court April 24 for arraignment.

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