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Alleged Rapist Captured in Manhunt

August 13, 1990

BERRY, Ala. (AP) _ A four-day manhunt for a parolee accused of murdering one woman and raping three others at an isolated campground ended with his capture Sunday.

Roy Eugene Perkins, 30, was arrested in the woods just south of Berry, about 60 miles west of Birmingham, said Robert Flippo, an aide to Fayette County Sheriff James Lenard.

About 50 law officers and volunteers took part in the search.

Officers were conducting a final search of a patch of woods when they found Perkins. ″One of the officers walked up on him and he said, ’Don’t shoot,‴ said Ronnie Finch, a reserve deputy.

Perkins had suffered a bullet wound to the leg that required treatment at a hospital, but officials said it wasn’t serious. He may have been shot in a struggle with one of his alleged victims last week, said Finch.

Six of Perkins’ relatives were arrested Saturday night and charged with hindering prosecution, said Fayette County police Sgt. Butch Hudson.

″They had been giving him food and helping him and we decided the next time we had any trouble out of them we were going to arrest them,″ Lenard said.

The focus of much of the search was a cinder block house tucked in a campground in the deep woods. Perkins grew up in the woods, officers said, and all three rape victims were taken to the camphouse.

In 1983 Perkins was convicted of second-degree rape and served seven years of a 10-year sentence at the West Jefferson Correctional facility before being paroled in May.

Perkins allegedly raped a teen-age relative in July, assaulted a 23-year- old relative from Tuscaloosa last week, abducted and killed a woman on Thursday and raped a 31-year-old Fayette County woman.

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