Community Reacts After Rape Suspect Arrested
Within minutes of his name hitting that airwaves, Desmond Campbell's Facebook page was hit with a torrent of comments.
"Here's hoping he's in a LOT of pain."
"You are a horrible human being and I hope (you) get everything karma has in store for you."
"If we are lucky he won't wake up, and the tax payers won't have to pay for court or prison for the rest of his life."
But there was also this;
"He is a suspect. We don't know if he is guilty or not... we should not jump to conclusions. Leave his page alone. His family and friends don't deserve your rancor."
Over 350 comments reflecting a mostly furious public, venting, but leaving it at that.
"I'm so proud of the citizens for not being vigilantes, but getting in the game and doing the right thing," said Carol Bush of the Crime Prevention Network.
Which is a source of pride, she says; getting involved but not going too far.
"You know a couple years ago we had the Trayvon Martin thing in Florida. We've had the same type of patrol and Alert Neighbor program here as they had in Florida for 40 years. We've never once had that incident happen, and I'm proud of our citizens because they do act with refrain. I mean they know the difference between what is vigilante and what is helpful," she said.
"Certainly we don't want vigilante justice because that just makes a bad problem worse," said Pastor Anthony Scott of First baptist Church.
For him, the rapist terror brought back the outrage and restraint during the Good Friday shootings.
"Unfortunately or fortunately I think that may have been good practice for this situation," he said.
A town put to the test and succeeding. Of residents being able to keep their heads when this crazy world crashes down.
"I hope people understand, we don't need a high profile situation like the one we just had to stay in the game," said Bush.
"Continue to lock our doors, continue to be safe, continue to look," said Pastor Scott.