Two small children are now safe with family after an Amber Alert earlier Saturday.
A server at the Waterfront Grill said she interacted with Twana Brinlee, the person police said took her grandchildren.
Server Greer Hudkins said it was a strange encounter.
“She told me that she was visiting from Oklahoma City and that she didn’t have a phone, so she needed directions of places to get around Tulsa,” Hudkins said.
The Jenks restaurant is next door to the Holiday Inn where police found Brinlee and the two missing children Saturday afternoon.
“She did order two alcoholic beverages and she didn’t touch either of them, which I found very interesting,” Hudkins said. “The kids were not eating their food either, which I found a little strange.”
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers said Brinlee was supposed to return her grandchildren, 6-year-old Kathryn Glad and 2-year-old Cory Glad, to their parents Friday in Moore. However, authorities said she took off with them instead.
Jenks Police Corporal Sean Scott said they got a tip from concerned citizens about their whereabouts Saturday afternoon.
“They said they saw her (Brinlee) in the Kohl’s parking lot across the river and that she was coming across the Jenks bridge,” Scott said.
When police searched the area, Brinlee’s vehicle was found at the Holiday Inn parking lot. Officers said they found her and the two children inside.
“The fast reporting from them helped us find that vehicle and get her into custody,” Scott said.
The children’s father, Brandon Glad, said he picked up his son and daughter at the police station, and they are OK.
Officers took Brinlee to the Moore Police Department.