TULSA - Tulsa police are searching for as many as three men who abducted a girl at a north Tulsa park Tuesday.
Authorities believe the suspects grabbed the 11-year-old girl around 6 p.m. and threatened her with a gun at B.S. Roberts Park near the Langston University and OSU-Tulsa campuses.
Officers said the girl became separated from friends while at the park and that's when the suspects grabbed her.
"She sat down on a bench and then she was approached from behind by three black males, dressed in all black and one of them had a gun," said TPD officer Jillian Roberson.
The girl's mother was searching for her at the park hours later, yelling her name. The girl was found in a wooded area adjacent to the park and police were called around 8:45 p.m.
Police say at least one of the suspects touched the girl inappropriately and she passed out. Investigators are waiting on results from a medical exam to determine if the victim was further assaulted.
"This is a very serious crime, we're taking her word for the truth and we will investigate it fully," said Roberson.
Police say the victim believes three men in masks attacked her but she was unable to give detailed descriptions.
Residents who live near the trails are on alert.
"It's just hard to fathom that something like that would happen in this neighborhood, at this park," said resident Claude Gordon.
Gordon lives in the area and uses the Osage Prairie Trail regularly.
"I usually bring my granddaughter down here, I'm teaching her how to ride a bicycle," said Gordon.
"I will be a little more cautious about bringing my granddaughter," he said.
Officials with nearby OSU-Tulsa urged members of their campus to exercise caution after the incident. The abduction took place just northeast of campus.
An OSU-Tulsa Facebook post says university police chief Melvin Murdock encourages everyone to be cautious while visiting B.S. Roberts Park or using the walking trail that begins near the far northeast corner of Lot A.
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