Special Book Helps Police In Crimes Against Children

Wednesday, September 26th 2007, 5:00 pm
By: News On 6

Police are sorting through possible suspects in the kidnapping and attack of a 5-year-old Broken Arrow girl. As soon as Tulsa sex crimes detectives heard about the crime last week, they went straight to what they call their 'Amber Book.' The 'Amber Book' is filled with notes and reports on people who are capable of committing such a crime. News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright reports you might think this would just be a handful of people, but it’s quite the opposite.

The Tulsa Police 'Amber Book' is a sad reality of the society in which we now live. Its pages are full of people who have predatory potential, a man listed as a kiddie watcher, a person who could be a child abductor, someone else who drives by, watching kids and could be a molester.

"In case we have an Amber Alert, in case we have a crime, instead of relying on information, what was that individual driving, what type of car, we keep that information in this book," said Sergeant Gary Stansill with the Tulsa Police Departments Sex Crimes unit.

Tulsa detectives looked for similar crimes in the area that matched the Broken Arrow case, but didn't have any. They then focused on finding a suspect match in the book.

So, how does information gets into the 'Amber Book?' Officers in the field get information about something suspicious that might not rise to the level of a crime, but it's noteworthy enough that they jot it down and it goes into the book.

"I think there are a lot of people that are capable of committing this crime,” Sergeant Stansill said. “For some reason, something might trigger them or make them go off the deep end and commit this type of crime."

The problem in the Broken Arrow case is there is only a basic description of the suspect, and only a white Dodge Intrepid was seen both where the girl was grabbed and dropped off. The real fear for detectives is this man will strike again, before they get enough information to catch him.

"This is the type of case that won't leave the investigators,” said Stansill. “It'll stay with them, it will be there, it will not stop being worked, they'll work it until it's solved."

Everyone wants it solved sooner, rather than later.

The suspect in the Broken Arrow kidnapping and assault is described as a white male, 30 to 40-years-old, partially bald with short, light colored thinning hair.

A $10,000 reward has been set up to help Broken Arrow Police arrest the suspect. If you have any information that might help the Broken Arrow Police Department with this investigation, please call 259-8400 or 259-1111. Callers can remain anonymous.

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