Tulsa Police Look For Suspect In Attempted Abduction Of 3-Year-Old Boy

Monday, July 12th 2010, 10:30 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, OK -- Tulsa Police are still looking for a man who took a 3-year-old son from his mother's arms at a city park Monday afternoon.

The attempted kidnapping occurred at 5:30 p.m. at Maple Park at 15th and Peoria. 

Police say the mother and son were having dinner on a bench in the park at the time. 

Investigators tell the News On 6 the mother was approached by two men.  Those men made threatening remarks saying they wanted to abduct the boy and kill him. 

One of the men pulled the child away from his mother, and that's when things got really ugly. 

"The mother absolutely miraculously fights back for her child and is about to get the child out of the man's arms, and then go through an onslaught by the suspects, hitting her, grabbing her hair, and she's able to fight through that," said Tulsa Police Sgt. Brian Hill. 

Police say after fighting with the men, the mother managed to get away with her son and run to a nearby gym where she called 911. 

Tulsa Police are looking for 44-year-old Gary Keefer.  He is 5'9" and weighs about 140 pounds.  Police say he has numerous skull tattoos on his upper right arm with "TK" inside the skull. 

The other man involved in the attempted abduction was arrested.  He is identified as 42-year-old Mitchell Keith.  Police arrested Keith near the park.

He was booked in the Tulsa County jail on two complaints of kidnapping after a former conviction of felony, one complaint of resisting arrest, and one complaint of public intoxication.

If you have any information about Keefer you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.