Tulsa woman fights off abductors during afternoon walk

Thursday, August 22nd 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A Tulsa woman in the middle of her afternoon exercise, ended up fighting for her life.

The attempted abduction happened in east Tulsa this past weekend, the mother of two agreed to tell us her story as a warning to other women. News on Six crime reporter Lori Fullbright says Sheryl was taking her usual three-mile walk through the neighborhood when something most unusual happened, four men in a car pulled up next to her.

"Three of the guys got out of the car and tackled me. One tried to get my feet." Sheryl says they stunned her with something like a cattle prod, which knocked her to her feet, that's when starting fighting. "I still don't know how I got away. I hopped over the fence and I ran up the creek." Two of the men ran after her, but she was faster and hid in some bushes until she was sure they'd gone, praying, just praying.

"I was praying they wouldn't find me, I was praying I wouldn't be attacked again. I was praying I'd get home again. I was praying they would just go away." Police say they men were driving a 1960's or 70's model muscle car that's gold with a black top, maybe a LeMans or a Skylark, that was in excellent condition.

One of the men had a red shirt with a lightning bolt on it. All the men wore black jackets. Sheryl thought she was doing everything right, walking where she was familiar, in fact she grew up here and in the middle of the day, in broad daylight, yet, she was still attacked and that's the warning she has for other women. "I just don’t' want anybody else to go through this. Someday, they're going to get someone."

Her advice is not to daydream while you're walking, but be alert and ready for anything. She's just thankful she could fight her way to freedom, this time. If you know something about the suspect car or this attack, you can call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS.

You don't have to say who you are and if your tip leads to an arrest, the Citizens Crime Commission will pay you up to $2,000 in cash.