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West TN serial rape suspect has history of stalking

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A West Tennesseee man suspected of several rapes was once banned from the University of Memphis for stalking.

Bruce Tuck of Gleason was arraigned on two counts of aggravated rape Thursday, and investigators from several police agencies are looking into whether he's connected to other assaults in the region.

DNA evidence linked him to a rape near the University of Tennessee in Martin.

On Thursday night, officials at the University of Memphis confirmed Tuck had been bannned from campus in 2008 for stalking a member of the marching band.

Katrina Roland of Gleason grew up with Tuck and says she's surprised by his arrest.

"He had a good family background. They done everything they could for him."

Up until several months ago, Tuck shared a home in Atoka with his now ex-wife.
      
People who knew him say Tuck dreamed of holding public office. In 2006, he lost an election for constable in Atoka.
    
Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell said Tuck served the sheriff's office. 

"He was a volunteer in our emergency services program for about six years," he said. 

Tuck also worked as a jailer in Collierville, but was fired for using his position to acquire phone numbers.

Tuck tried to become a Munford firefighter, but moved on when his probationary period at the department didn't work out.

He covered Munford High School football games as a stringer for The Leader, a Covington newspaper.  

"Tuck was never an employee of The Leader - he was a freelance writer, said publisher Brian Blackley. "He submitted primarily football stories in the fall of 2007."

At the time of his arrest he was working as a deliveryman with a route that took him through West Tennessee.

Authorities say Tuck is a suspect in at least four other attacks, two in Martin and two in Shelby County.


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