Tulsa Police looking for a kidnapping suspect


Monday, February 7th 2005, 10:53 am
By: News On 6


A kidnapping in broad daylight. Tulsa Police were shocked to learn a man grabbed a 63-year-old woman from a grocery store parking lot at three in the afternoon in east Tulsa.

The store was busy and the woman fought back, yet no one saw it happen. News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright has what happened next.

The woman had come to a grocery store at 12th and Garnett in Tulsa to pay some bills. When she got out to the parking lot, a man grabbed her, one arm around her waist, one hand over her mouth and dragged her into his truck. Tulsa Police say she tried to fight back and scream, but he was stronger. Once he had her in the truck, she still tried to get out, but, he had disabled the door latch so she couldn't.

From the parking lot, he drove her around Tulsa. They ended up, she thinks, in north Tulsa in a lot with a circular drive-way. There, he hit her, cut her with the knife and sexually assaulted her. He also demanded to see her wallet and robbed her of her cash. Tulsa Police Sgt Gary Stansill: "She was brought back to the store where he said, go ahead and call police, I'm getting ready to leave town."

The man is Indian, about 6-feet tall, 200 pounds with a beer belly. He has long, greasy hair, yellow teeth with a gap between his top two. He had strong body odor and a tattoo of a snake from his left shoulder down to his forearm. He was driving a green pickup made between 1995 and 2000. It had a Dream catcher hanging from the rearview mirror and an Arkansas tag that started with either T-3 or 7-3.

Sgt Stansill: "This type of attack is rare that someone is kidnapped off the street, but, it does happen."

Tulsa Police hope someone can lead them to this man, so he doesn't do this again and to give this 63 year old woman, some peace of mind.

If you have any information about this case, you can call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS. You don't have to give your name and if your tip leads them to an arrest, the Crime Commission will pay you a cash reward.