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Women fear walking alone in northeast Oklahoma City neighborhood after rape reports

An examination of police records turned up nine reports of rape or attempted rape over a three-month period in the northeast quadrant of the city, including three that happened while women were walking by themselves. The attacks are not related, police said.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: September 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm •  Published: September 15, 2013

Leigh Foxx is prepared as she walks through her neighborhood.

She has a cool cloth around her neck to combat the heat and a knife in her pocket.

She has carried the knife on her walks to the convenience store since police released a sketch and information after a woman walking alone reported she was raped July 27.

“It makes me feel better to have it in my possession,” said Foxx, who doesn't own a car.

“I usually walk in the morning. This is late for me,” she said, pausing to talk Tuesday during a 4 p.m. errand.

Foxx was unaware another rape was reported the same week in the same area. About a month later, a third woman told police a man tried to rape her while she was walking in the 900 block of Martin Luther King Avenue, within 2 miles of the other two locations.

An examination of police records turned up nine reports of rape or attempted rape over a three-month period in the northeast quadrant of the city, including the three reported attacks that happened while women were walking by themselves.

Oklahoma City police say that while this type of attack is unusual, investigators don't think any of the reported attacks are related.

July 26

A father reported his 18-year-old daughter was raped about midnight in the 2200 block of N Everest Avenue. The father said he looked outside and saw his daughter heading back to their home on Lottie Avenue. “He could tell that something was wrong with her,” the police report states. The woman told police she met a man at a store where he usually hangs out and the two went to the park and began to smoke marijuana. The woman told police the man had sex with her in the park despite her protests. The man took her shorts and cellphone, according to the incident report. The woman told police she had known her attacker for a few weeks.

Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said the male suspect in the case spoke to police and said the sex was consensual. Investigators tried to contact the woman again, but she did not return calls. The district attorney's office declined to press charges.

July 27

Police have no suspect in the rape that occurred July 27. It happened early in the morning when a 23-year-old woman was walking to a convenience store at the corner of NE 23 and Lottie Avenue. She told police a man approached her, asked what she was doing and offered to sell her marijuana. She followed him to NE 24 and Jordan Avenue, where the man pulled her toward a vacant lot and tried to pull her clothes off, she told police. She pulled a knife out of her bra and begged her attacker, “Please don't do this,” the police report states. The woman told police he raped her, while holding a flathead screwdriver to her neck, before taking her wallet with $43 in it. He also took her knife — a silver knife with a case shaped like a feather and an Indian warrior head on the hinge.

On Aug. 1, police released a community alert and composite sketch of the rapist, described as a black male, about 40 years old, with a medium build and a slight limp.

Aug. 29

A 40-year-old woman was walking in the 900 block of Martin Luther King Avenue when a man tried to rape her. Crying to an investigator over the phone, the woman said she was walking west on NE 10 near Carverdale Drive when she was approached by a man who kept asking her where she was going. She ignored him and kept walking. She said the man grabbed her from behind and told her, “I want to take you to the field.” She told police the man forced her to the ground and got on all fours directly over her. She kicked him in the genitals and he fled.

The woman described the man as a black man wearing all black with a do-rag over his face. An officer noted the woman “was extremely intoxicated” at the time of the call. She was not able to give detailed information.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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