Amy Parks probably didn’t know her kidnapping plan would render her the victim on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The 4’11” woman ended up under citizen’s arrest.
In Lotawatah, Oklahoma, this began as a stalker type of situation. The National Center for Victims of Crimes defines stalking as, “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” In accordance, ABC 8 – Tulsa reports that the woman trailed two teenage girls to their home. Armed with a handgun, Parks commanded the girls to get on the ground once they got out of their vehicle.
This probably was intended as a stalking-turned-robbery attempt at first. However, the plan seemed to change when one of the girls escaped.
Statistically, kidnapping — according to the Polly Klaas Foundation — occurs as follows.
“… three percent are abducted by non-family members, usually during the commission of a crime such as robbery or sexual assault.”
Unfortunately, these girls found themselves in the bottom tier of kidnappings. After she fled, Amy Parks ordered the other girl back into her own car. And Parks joined her.
Once in the car, Amy drove the car towards Interstate-40. Although it was an attempted kidnapping, the second girl escaped as well.
ABC 8‘s report doesn’t mention what Parks did while she had possession of the teens’ car. However, it does state that the 4’11” woman drove back to the girls’ house and attempted to retrieve her own car. This is where things changed.
After returning, the woman was held under citizen’s arrest until authorities came to apprehend her. After arrested, Amy Parks was booked for armed robbery and kidnapping. She’s being held at the McIntosh County Criminal Justice Center. Deputy Kevin Branscum was the investigator on the call.
Amy Parks is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, September 14, 2015. As far as the teenagers are concern, the report states that medical teams conducted checks and the girls didn’t have any injuries.
Although the woman seemed to be acting on-the-fly, it’s possible that the suspect has stalked before. According to the National Center for Victims of Crimes, one out of three stalkers have done it before. And in one out of five cases, the stalking incident involves a weapon as a fear tactic.
What do you think about Amy Parks and her situation? Do you think she planned to kidnap the teens, or did she act out of impulse? What do you think will be her official charges? Feel free to comment in the section below.
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