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Knife-wielding Arkansas man to be arraigned Tuesday

An Arkansas man with a history of violence who allegedly assaulted a Kingman woman and set fire to her home last month is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Mohave County Superior Court.

A Mohave County grand jury indicted Claude Bryan Oakley last week on felony charges of two counts of sexual assault, first-degree burglary, two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, arson of an occupied structure and resisting arrest.

Oakley, from Pine Bluff, Ark., allegedly met the woman on the Internet and moved to the area several days before he allegedly broke into her house on Casey Plaza May 14.

He allegedly stabbed the woman in the hand and assaulted her husband, who was not injured.

The woman fled down the street to the home of a Kingman police officer who called for backup.

She was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center with minor stab wounds

Kingman police officers and Mohave County sheriff's deputies found Oakley behind the woman's residence wielding a knife.

Oakley allegedly had set the woman's home on fire.

Local firefighters responded to the fire despite the suspect who allegedly threatened firefighters.

A several minute standoff with officers ended when they fired non-lethal pepperball and beanbag rounds at Oakley before they subdued him on a nearby street.

Oakley, 36, allegedly sexually assaulted the woman several days before but she did not report it, Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jarrod Lyman said.

The incident is eerily similar to an attempted murder of his ex-wife and her sons in Dumas, Ark., in April 1995.

Dumas is about an hour southwest of Pine Bluff.

Roughly a year after he married Sandra Oakley, Oakley broke into her home and stabbed her older son in the chest and stabbed her in the back and head.

He then held their own two-week-old son hostage as law enforcement officers surrounded him, according to court records.

"It was not if he did something again, it was a matter of when," Sandra Oakley said by phone from Arkansas.

In June 1996, he was tried and convicted of first-degree attempted murder and second-degree attempted murder, two counts of terrorist threatening, two counts of kidnapping, residential burglary and false imprisonment of the infant son.

He was sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison.

A little more than four years later he was paroled in September and placed under supervision and was not allowed to leave Arkansas, according to an Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman.

The last two years of his prison sentence was in a diagnostic unit of the prison in Pine Bluff, Ark, court reports state.

He reportedly pursued a friendship with the Kingman woman over the Internet and then headed west before he arrived in Kingman May 11, Lyman said.

Born in Texas, Oakley's first brush with the law began in 1990 when he was charged with resisting arrest in Texas.

In several other incidents until 1994, he was also charged with assault, criminal mischief and drunken driving charges.

In July 1994, he was charged with attempted murder and killing a police dog in Dumas.

He went to trial on the charge of killing a police dog but the trial ended in a hung jury and a mistrial was declared.

Oakley sits in Mohave County Jail on $300,000 bond.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

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