Father Of Broken Arrow Attempted Kidnapping Victim Outraged


Monday, September 17th 2012, 5:14 pm
By: News On 6


People want answers after a 15-year-old boy was arrested for breaking into Rogers County homes last week, while wearing an ankle monitor.

Deputies say the boy's GPS records show several violations of him being too far from home or gone for too long. Neighbors want to know why the boy's ankle monitor was not being monitored and whether he's going to be punished for those violations.

The person who is most frustrated is the father of a little girl a teenage boy tried to kidnap in February -- the reason he's wearing an ankle monitor.

9/11/2012 Related Story: Juvenile Broken Arrow Bus Stop Kidnapper Arrested For Burglary

Brittany, 13, was at her bus stop in Broken Arrow in February when a teenage boy grabbed her from behind. He dragged her across a neighbor's front yard and around the corner before that neighbor saw what was happening and ran after them screaming.

The boy let Brittany go.

Brittany's father says he was told that the boy was determined to be unfit for society and supposed to be held in a medium or maximum security facility. So he was quite surprised when the boy arrested just seven months later was living in Rogers County.

"They waited until I was done paying attention and let him go," said James, Brittany's father.

The boy was living in this Rogers County neighborhood the past few months.

Neighbors say his parents went to work and left him home alone. He often walked the neighborhood, knocking on doors and ringing doorbells.

Once cars and houses were broken into and items stolen, an alert neighbor decided to keep an eye on him. She saw him break into a house, and deputies arrested him still inside.

They say his ankle GPS showed him at six different homes in the neighborhood, including two that had items stolen. He was at one home twice in 10 minutes. 

Neighbors say young girls live in some of those houses. Deputies say the boy wasn't supposed to go much past the street in front of his house and if he did, the ankle monitor would vibrate. That gave him 10 minutes to get back, or he was in violation.

Deputies say the boy had numerous violations.

Neighbors - along with Brittany's dad - find it outrageous that no one seems to have been monitoring this boy's monitor.

"At this point, he should be tried as an adult. At this point, they should go back and make sure he's off the street for good," James said.

2/10/2012 Related Story: Broken Arrow Police Make Arrest In Attempted Abduction Of Young Girl

James says Brittany is doing well but sees a counselor a couple of times of month. She is on medication for post traumatic stress and still won't go in her front yard alone,

He walks her to the bus stop every day.

Deputies served a search warrant on the boy's home this weekend and say they recovered some of the stolen items from the neighbor's homes. They took him to the Tulsa County juvenile facility and were told he's waiting for placement in a facility in western Oklahoma.

The Office of Juvenile Affairs is in charge of monitoring him. It provided this statement to News On 6:

As provided by law, only the judge can order the youth either in or out of detention. The judge in this case released the youth into the parents custody over the objections of OJA. An ankle monitor was placed on the youth at the insistence of the Office of Juvenile Affairs. Upon notification that the youth was alleged to have been engaged in criminal activity, local law enforcement was notified.