ES man accused of rape, kidnapping

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

By Scott Loftis

A Eureka Springs man was arrested on multiple charges including rape and kidnapping on Friday, May 24 – two days after a Berryville woman sought an order of protection against him.

Joseph William Linker, 43, was arrested at the business on Spring Street where he lives and works, according to the intake log from the Carroll County Detention Center.

In addition to rape and kidnapping, Linker also faces charges of terroristic threatening in the first degree and interference with emergency communications.

The intake log indicates that Linker is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Monday, June 17.

In her petition for an order of protection, filed May 22 in Carroll County Circuit Court, the alleged victim writes that Linker attacked her twice on Tuesday, May 14.

“On the morning of May 14, 2019, I was violently assaulted in my home by Joseph Linker,” the woman writes. “Later that same evening, I was assaulted once again, more violently this time.”

The woman writes that Linker bound her by the wrists and ankles and held her against her will for the rest of the night and for some time the following morning, raping her more than once.

According to the alleged victim, Linker threatened her safety and that of her daughter if she reported the incident.

“His actions are very unpredictable and I fear that he could potentially retaliate against me for going to law enforcement,” the woman writes.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson issued an ex parte order of protection against Linker the same day the alleged victim filed her petition. The order is effective until Tuesday, June 18, when a hearing is scheduled to consider a permanent order.

Linker was released on bond from the detention center by Thursday afternoon. No further details regarding his release were available.

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