Police Continue To Investigate 11-Year-Old's Attempted Abduction, Sexual Assault

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012, 9:29 pm
By: News On 6

Police are still investigating the attempted abduction and possible rape of an 11-year-old Tulsa girl.

Wednesday, the victim interviewed with investigators and went through a sexual assault exam.

Detectives now have a better timeline of what happened Tuesday night at the park.

Police believe the attack happened along the walking trail near Greenwood and Latimer, and they're focusing on a brushy area, which is where the girl said she was dragged.

Investigators went back to the scene nearly 24 hours after an 11-year-old said she was sexually assaulted.

They looked Wednesday for evidence they may have missed in the dark.

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"[We're looking at] what type of concealment the grass and shrubs and trees provided during daylight hours, because what looks like is very concealed during darkness might not be during the daytime," said Corporal Greg Smith, with the Tulsa Police Department's child crisis division.

Detectives didn't find anything else Wednesday, but they are slowly filling the blanks about what happened.

The 11-year-old went through a forensic interview and says she was at the park with a friend last night, but was walking home alone when some men grabbed her.

When the victim wasn't home by 7:30 p.m., her mom left the house and went looking for her.

A Langston University police officer heard the mom hollering and came to help, and that's when the child ran out of a wooded area looking disheveled.

"She was assaulted at some point," Cpl. Smith said. "As far as the extent of the assault, we don't know, because she said that at some point, she was very scared. She thinks she blacked out."

At this point, investigators don't know if the girl was raped.

She thinks there were three men, but that only one of them assaulted her. She told police he may have been wearing a mask.

TPD said the victim also went through a sexual assault exam.

"We've got some of the preliminary information from that—there's nothing obvious. Of course, that also gave us some forensic evidence that we are going to analyze and see if there is anything there that is usable or could help us track a suspect," Cpl. Smith said.

Detectives believe this was a crime of opportunity.

They're talking to neighbors and looking for anyone who walks those trails, because they think someone saw something at the popular park.

Detectives plan on doing more interviews with the victim's friend and that friend's mom, who was there before the girl was attacked.

If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

The campus of OSU Tulsa is near the scene of the alleged assault, so the university's police chief sent out a safety advisory Wednesday.

Chief Melvin Murdock is asking students and staff to be careful while visiting the B. S. Roberts Park or using the walking trail that begins near the corner of campus.

Anyone who doesn't feel safe can get an officer to escort them on campus, at any time.

"One of the primary reasons we are one of the safest campuses is because we don't rest on our laurels," Murdock said. "We are always doing those things that are designed to ensure the safety of the OSU Tulsa community."

OSU Tulsa has eight full-time CLEET certified police officers patrolling the campus by car, foot and bike 24 hours a day, seven day a week.