Tulsa woman is fed up with crime in her South Tulsa neighborhood after she says men attacked her

Posted at 6:20 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 23:13:33-04

TULSA - A woman living in a South Tulsa apartment complex said she's reached her breaking point.

Every day Bettina Rector walks downstairs out of her apartment, this week it was a little slower than usual.

 "They were that close," she said.

A couple of days ago she questioned strangers outside her home.

"When they were headed that way I came up, I got my stick, I went down and came up this other side."

She'd had enough of the theft, break-ins and who she calls "travelers."

"They didn't steal from me, they stole from the kids," she said.

She filed a police report after someone stole the wagon and supplies she and the neighborhood children used to garden.

"I just want to look at them and say, 'what made it ok?'"

The next night when she watched people lingering on her property from her bedroom she grabbed her bat.

"When I tried to stop him, just to talk to him, that's when it kind of got physical."

She said three men knocked her down, twisting her ankle.

"At that point, I wanted to chase him."

Her apartment complex Riverchase told us off camera they've had issues with homeless people traveling up and down the creek creating problems.

"It makes me angry and I do feel unsafe. It's like if they were that close, that's our door."

Bettina's neighbor Rhonda Brown said she's not sure anything can be done.

Tulsa Police told us it's not aware of any reoccurring issues in the area.

 "This is becoming a nightly event," Rector said.

So Bettina's bat will stay by the front door, but nothing will protect her from the true damage that was done.

"One of them said it doesn't do any good to try to do good."

She said the dangers outside her front porch are forcing the neighborhood kids to see evil in the world around them.

Riverchase said it's planning to hire a new security company to combat the issue.

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