By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A convicted rapist has been charged with possessing an ATV in Perkins that had been stolen in Cushing, along with resisting arrest and obstructing Perkins Police Officer Daryn Zanfardino.
Kutter Edwin Brabander, 37, of Norman, who was wanted in Cleveland, Grant, Kay and Noble counties, remained in the Payne County Jail on $17,500 total bail Thursday pending a Sept. 9 court appearance on all of his charges.
Brabander had been arrested at 6:44 a.m. on July 20 at Highway 33 and Perkins Road after pounding on doors in Perkins and asking for gas money for his ATV, the officer alleged in an affidavit.
While Brabander was in jail after giving a false last name and resisting arrest, Perkins Field Training Officer Billy Laster and Zanfardino interviewed him on July 26 about the ATV that Cushing police had just advised was reported on July 22 as stolen from a residence there, an affidavit alleged.
“I asked Brabander where he had gotten the ATV from and he advised that he had gotten it from a friend named Jeff,” whose last name he did not know, Zanfardino alleged in his affidavit.
“I reminded Brabander that he initially told me that he had bought it off line when I first made contact with him on it the other day. Brabander told me that he didn’t know why he told me that,” Zanfardino alleged in his affidavit.
“Brabander advised that Jeff picked him up earlier in the night and they had a few beers and passed out. Brabander stated that Jeff had the four-wheeler in his garage whenever they started drinking that night.
“Brabander told Laster and I that him and Jeff had a few beers and got pretty buzzed up and went to bed and when they woke up, Jeff had already told him that he could take the four-wheeler and he took it and left,” Zanfardino alleged in his affidavit.
“Brabander advised that he had run out of gas when he arrived in Perkins and that he had begun knocking on doors attempting to get some gas for the four-wheeler. I asked Brabander if he took the highway from Cushing to get to Perkins and he advised that he had taken the dirt roads,” since he wasn’t supposed to be riding a four-wheeler on the roadway, the affidavit alleged.
“Brabander advised that he had just gotten the job and that it was his last resort to hop on the four-wheeler to get to work,” on a drilling rig, the affidavit alleged.
“Laster asked Brabander if he would be able to pass a polygraph and he advised he wouldn’t know why he couldn’t. While Laster was explaining polygraphs to Brabander, he told us that he knew who had taken it,” that it was Jeff, whose last name he wouldn’t give because “he isn’t a rat,” the affidavit alleged.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and court records, Brabander had been released from prison in May of 2018 after being convicted of:
* second-degree rape in Ponca City in Kay County in 2011 for which he was given a 15-year sentence, of which he served less than half;
* contributing to the delinquency of minors in Ponca City in Kay County in 2011 for which he was given a concurrent two years;
* possessing stolen property in Perry in Noble County in 2008 for which he was initially given probation that was revoked in 2011 when he was given a concurrent three years;
* failure to register as a sex offender in Perry and violating a residency restriction by living with a child in Noble County in 2018 for which he was placed on seven and one-half years’ probation in 2018, which the prosecution is seeking to revoke;
* drug possession in Kay County in 2010 for which he was given a concurrent two-year prison term in 2011.
Arrest warrants had been issued earlier this year for probation violations for failure to pay costs in Grant County, where he had been convicted of joyriding in 2011, as well as in Kay County on his rape conviction and Noble County on his stolen property conviction. An arrest warrant had also been issued in Cleveland County for an alleged sex offender violation on June 12 of this year, court records show.