Man saves girl from attempted sexual assault

Posted at 6:49 PM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 19:49:00-04

A Good Samaritan is being credited with stopping the beating and attempted rape of a young girl at a west Tulsa park over the weekend.

The Good Samaritan spoke exclusively to 2 Works for You reporter Casey Roebuck about the situation near 41st and Union.

Bob Baker didn't hesitate for a second when saw an 11-year-old girl crying for help in Reed Park. He says, "We heard a child, a young girl screaming across the lot saying 'Help! Help! He's hurting my sister. Call the police'.”

He ran to where the girl old said a man was attacking her 13-year-old sister.

He told Roebuck, "By the time I got across the bridge and up the grass a little bit, the other little girl came out and she said this guy had hit her and some other stuff that I don't feel comfortable talking about."

Police say Richard Fernando Peters admitted to attacking the girls in the park - to beating girl and attempting to sexually assault the 13-year-old. He's accused of punching the 11-year-old sister during the attack.

He admitted to investigators that he thought the suspects were around 6 and 7-years-old.

Peters was trying to flee when Baker caught up to him. He denied any involvement in the attack. But Baker says he knew better. He talked calmly to suspect and kept him occupied until police arrived.

"I've got five kids. And I've got a granddaughter that comes to this park with us,” says Baker. "So I would never want something like this to happen to my kids. And I can't see it happening to someone else's."

Baker says he doesn't feel like a hero. He says he was just doing the right thing, "That's the way I was raised. I try to instill that in my kids."

He believes the real hero in this story is the victim's younger sister who alerted him of the attack.
"She did everything correct. She ran to get help and brought it back. She was able to save her sister from being victimized any worse than what she had been already."

Peters faces charges of kidnapping, child abuse and lewd molestation of a minor. Police say he is bipolar and suffers from schizophrenia.