Undercover Rogers County Deputy Rescues Kidnapped Woman
ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma -
A woman held hostage during a drug deal unknowingly contacted an undercover deputy, and four people are in the Rogers County jail after
an undercover deputy talked to the kidnappers and made a deal to get the woman back.
The suspects held Sheryl Freedman-Keller against her will at a hotel, police said.
The Rogers County Sheriff's Thug Task Force said Lori Pryor, Sidney Downing and Quinyan Manuel took her because she owed money for a drug deal.
Deputies said the victim called several friends trying to get the $100 dollars to pay for meth.
"One of those friends didn't realize they were giving her an undercover officer's phone number," said Rogers County Deputy Shane Rhames. "They just know him to be somebody else that runs around in those circles."
Rhames said the undercover deputy talked to the victim on the phone and agreed to meet.
Deputies said they needed to get the suspects out of the hotel room and to another location.
"That's the goal," Rhames said. "We're not going anywhere like the hotel that they were at. We'll meet someplace in a neutral area."
Pryor and the victim met the undercover deputy at Paradise Donuts for the transaction, $100 dollars for some crystal meth and Freedman-Keller's release.
The victim got into the deputy's car and the suspect drove off.
That's when the victim learned the man in the car was an undercover deputy.
"She was quite surprised whenever she eventually found out he was law enforcement, but then she was thankful as well that she wasn't with those people any longer."
Deputies said they arrested two of the suspects at a gas station and found a third in the hotel room with more than $500 of counterfeit money.
Deputies also arrested the kidnapping victim for distribution of drugs.
The sheriff's office said the counterfeit money found in the kidnapping case isn't the only fake cash making its way around Rogers County.
The GRDA made a traffic stop Wednesday and found more than $500 dollars of counterfeit money.
Now the U.S. Secret Service is investigating.
"These are crimes that occur every year," said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. "It just seems consistent with this time of year that they increase."
Walton said if you think you've come across fake money, let police know right away.