ES man accused of rape, kidnapping

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Joseph Linker

A Eureka Springs man is free on bond after being arrested Friday, May 24, on multiple charges including rape and kidnapping.

Eureka Springs police arrested Joseph William Linker, 43, 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.

Linker is scheduled to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court in Berryville at 9 a.m. Monday, June 17.

A Berryville woman filed a petition for an order of protection against Linker on May 22 in Carroll County Circuit Court. In that petition, 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.

The alleged victim was interviewed by Eureka Springs police officer Tim Holm on May 18 and by detective Josh Jackson on May 20, describing the alleged incidents in detail, according to an affidavit written by Jackson seeking a warrant for Linker’s arrest. The affidavit, filed May 24 in Carroll County Circuit Court, says Jackson interviewed Linker the previous day at the Eureka Springs Police Department.

After Linker’s arrest, he appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on May 29. Ramsey set bond for Linker at $50,000, and a bail bond company posted Linker’s bond later that day.

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