Gave her own life so others might live

By Augie Frost Modified: September 6, 2007 at 7:27 pm •  Published: September 3, 2007
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YUKON — Just after midnight and 30 minutes before Bailey Rian Thrasher was stabbed to death Saturday morning, her shotgun-toting, wig-wearing ex-boyfriend and 32-year-old teacher kicked in the door of her Yukon apartment, where she, her sister and several friends were hanging out.

He made everyone get against the wall, including one of Thrasher's pregnant relatives, said Melissa Stringer, Thrasher's aunt.

"If Bailey doesn't come with me, I'm killing her first, then I'll kill all of you,” Stringer said she was told the gunman demanded. "If anyone calls 911, I'll kill you all.”

Meanwhile, Thrasher was able to call 911 with a cell phone without the gunman knowing, Stringer said. She decided to leave her apartment with her ex-boyfriend, stating as she left "He won't hurt me.”

They got into a car, which was not his, Stringer said. As they left the apartment in the 600 block of W Vandament, an officer spotted the car and followed. A chase ensued. It ended on State Highway 152 in Mustang when an officer pushed the car off the road.

As officers approached the car, the driver, identified as 32-year-old Robert Paul Roberson, was stabbing Thrasher repeatedly, police said. He wouldn't stop, so officers fired several shots at him, killing him.

Thrasher, 16, died in the car before paramedics could arrive on the scene.

Several family members described her on Sunday as a hero who gave her life so her family and friends could live.

‘Horror story'
"This dwarfs most of your horror story plots,” said Bailey's father, Darin Thrasher. "This dwarfs them. It's beyond stranger than fiction. It is an absolute horror story.”

Bailey Thrasher's demise began at the age of 13, about the time she had moved in with her dad, owner of Sid's Diner in Yukon. She fell into the wrong crowd and began experimenting with drugs and partying, Darin Thrasher said Sunday outside of his restaurant. She was just being a teenager.

Her partying life landed her in the Canadian County Education Center, an alternative school operated by the Gary E. Miller Canadian County Children's Justice Center, where Darin Thrasher said his daughter met Robert Roberson, who was a drill instructor at the school.

Darin Thrasher said a romance began between his then-14-year-old daughter and Roberson while she went to school there. Shortly after they started dating, the two moved into an apartment together.

Darin Thrasher knew better, but said he thought the situation might benefit his daughter because it appeared Roberson didn't drink or do drugs and was a work-out fiend.

"I thought it would be a positive for her,” he said. "Then I also thought the relationship would fizzle out and she would be done partying.”

Then, according to Darin Thrasher, threats were made by Roberson to terrorize a girl just half his age. OCPD crime report Yukon stabbing 911 call: Warning! Explicit profanity



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Were there others?
Bailey Thrasher was not the only student at the Gary E. Miller Canadian County Children's Juvenile Justice Center that Roberson was having relations with, said her father, Darin Thrasher, on Sunday.

Darin Thrasher claimed Roberson had been involved with at least two other students, and that school officials were told about the relationships. Thrasher said Roberson was not working at the school this year. Attempts by The Oklahoman on Sunday to reach two justice center officials, including Canadian County Associate District Judge Gary E. Miller, were unsuccessful.

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