April 9, 2006 - Posted at 2:10 p.m. CST
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) _ Bond has been set at one million
dollars in Claremore, Oklahoma, for an Arkansas man accused of
abducting the ex-wife of country music star Garth Brooks at
gunpoint as the man fled a bail bondsman.
Rogers County prosecutors filed a felony kidnapping for
extortion count against 28-year-old Quintine Cornelius Harper. He
is accused of abducting Sandy Brooks from her rural home on Monday.
Harper lists his address as Fayetteville, Arkansas.
According to a sheriff's affidavit, bail bondsmen were looking
for Harper for failing to appear on a Tulsa County criminal case
when they were led to Sandy Brooks' residence. The affidavit said
she told the bondsmen Harper was on her property, but then Harper
approached with a semi-automatic handgun that he pointed at her,
forcing her to drive away with him as a passenger.
Sandy Brooks said later that Harper told her she'd never see her
children again if she didn't cooperate. The affidavit said they
traveled about six miles before stopping the vehicle, at which
point Harper fled into a convenience store. The bondsmen alerted
police and sheriff's deputies, who helped capture Harper.