Could city police have prevented Yuko...

Could city police have prevented Yukon tragedy?

There are 27 comments on the NewsOK.com story from Sep 5, 2007, titled Could city police have prevented Yukon tragedy?. In it, NewsOK.com reports that:

Five days before a 16-year-old Yukon girl was stabbed to death, she and her dad complained to Oklahoma City police that she had been repeatedly raped and threatened with guns and knives by the girl's ...

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the dot rat

Miramar Beach, FL

#1 Sep 5, 2007
Dad didn't do a damn thing when she was 14.
wwwcom

Elk City, OK

#2 Sep 6, 2007
i agree, at the age, should of done something, the parents had a lot they could of done, they knew he was to old. And especially if their were rumors of abuse etc. never should of happened
B J S

Houston, TX

#3 Sep 6, 2007
I am angry, shocked and saddened by the
death/murder of Bailey Thrasher. Could this
tragedy have been avoided? You damn straight
it could have and should have been avoided!!
I cannot believe any police dept would sit back
for 5 days and let Robert Roberson run around
a free man!! Bailey was a young teenage girl,
Roberson was a grown man who brainwashed her
in the beginning. She realizes what a monster
he is and goes to the police and tells them about
the rapes, abductions, threats, and that she
was trying to end a very abusive relationship
with him. Every police officer I know of (cont)
B J S

Houston, TX

#4 Sep 6, 2007
(including myself) has extensive training on
domestic violence. Ending an abusive relationship is the most dangerous time of the
relationship. With the information the police
were give at 12:34 Aug 27th they should have
contacted the DA.. ASAP. A warrant for his arrest
should have been issued and him behind bars, no excuses!! They were given names and phone numbers of two other victims and neither were contacted at the time of Thrasher's death. I just cannot comprehend how any police officer/detective could ever sit on such a time bomb and then say there was nothing they could have done. I hope someone
holds this police dept,(and any other police dept
who takes a case like this so lightly), accountable. This was a priority case but was
not handled as such.
Julie

AOL

#5 Sep 7, 2007
I applaud you B J S. I am another domestic abuse victim from Canadian County, OK. This county does not do things in the order it should be done. And neither does some of the neighboring counties. Not only in dealings with domestic abuse, but other issues as well. I went forward and filed charges against my husband, he was convicted. Served 2 months in jail, but only after getting several more drug and alcohol related charges brought against him after my case. We tried the counseling thing, me, my kids my ex., he got violent again, I kicked him out, for the better part of 5 years we were seperated, only after extensive counseling on his part, did I allow him to move into my backyard in a motor home to be around my kids. Not even a month later, he beat me so bad. I called the police, they came out...nothing ever came of this as I was so disoriented from the beating I couldn't think straight. He has been gone permanately from my life since then, I finally was able to get enough money together to file for divorce. The police have since had him for more drug charges, more DUI's, and more Domestic abuse charges from his new girl friend. He had guns, like 15 of them, and it wasn't until very resently the police finally took his guns away. I was looking up federal gun laws. They say if a person has been convicted of even a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, he shouldn't have been given his guns back on the numerous other times this police agency had both him and his guns in their possession, and by the way, no charges have yet to be posted in his lasted domestic abuse case. I'd also like to point out my ex has serious drug and alcohol problems, his main supplier is a relative of one of the main officers of this county. When my ex served his time for beating me, this person would get him out of jail to smoke cigarettes with his. I am terrified of reprocusions because I know too much...
I don't blame Baileys father, the whole system is warped here...it's more about asset forfeiture, than getting the known drug dealers off the street. I don't know who I can go to with the information I have. Good ole Buddy system works real well here. Any suggestions?

This man was one of their own, and DHS's, too.
raybaby

Tulsa, OK

#6 Sep 7, 2007
The thing that blows me away is, how can police take two days to even assign this case to an officer. Any one can understand during a break up when a female claims rape after the fact. People will have a harder time believing that it happened.Still,this isn't some one broke into my car, it's rape and he told her he would kill her.It seems to me police only show up after the fact to fill out the paper work. Get a gun and protect yourself.
B J S

Houston, TX

#7 Sep 7, 2007
Julie,
I am so sorry to hear about your situation.
You are a very couragous woman!!!
Don't give up!! Contact the attorney general,
contact the OSBI. Don't give up!! It sounds
like there needs to be a major internal
investigation going on. It will take brave
people like you and others that have delt with
this department to make some noise before it
will happen. Power is in numbers!! I am
working with some people who have power outside
of Oklahoma. We cannot let this keep happen
to anyone ever again!! Police Depts must be
held accountable!!!
christina

Mannford, OK

#8 Sep 7, 2007
i do agree police could have done more to help the girl and her father.....
it makes me md as h*ll that someone would stand by and practally see someone dieing and do nothing to stop them....
very sad mother

Broken Arrow, OK

#9 Sep 10, 2007
Here in MUSTANG as soon as our children hit 8th and 9th grade, they are dating 12th graders. How many times have I seen thirteen year olds make out and more at the movies in Yukon and Walmart just down the street. If you have a daughter "going to the movies" or "sleeping" at a friends...keep at eye out one whole night~you may be shocked! I agree with you guys. But it starts at home. I am not talking about low income little girls and I know not every child is like this but usually when we do see this, its prep groups hanging out smoking and kissing, ect. I say this because I have four children who witness these clicks and hope to God they don't do this. And you MYSPACE...every kid with a computer and no parental pass locks have one. I keep an eye on my sisters and I tell you they are half dressed children try to look sexy and talk about parties, ect...
Jenn

Mustang, OK

#10 Sep 10, 2007
I agree with sad mother. I also live and work in Mustang (neighboring Yukon community) and it seems as if parents around here either look the other way or condone their minor children dating older men/women. I can not tell you how many times I have waited on families and witnessed a VERY young daughter sitting on the lap of her boyfriend, making out with him, or allowing him to grope her in full view of everyone. If parents aren't going to teach their children to have values and self-respect, then these older men will continue to victimize them! It is the parents' job to teach and protect, not push these impressionable youths onto other men in hopes of helping their daughters grow up.
I personally have pissed off many mom's and dad's by telling the children that the behavior they are participating in is NOT appropriate, that it's making other patrons uncomfortable, and they either need to stop or leave. I encourage other adults to do the same. If the parents won't look out for their own children, voice your opinion and help put an end to this trend of looking the other way.
Denise K

Yukon, OK

#11 Sep 14, 2007
B J S wrote:
I am angry, shocked and saddened by the
death/murder of Bailey Thrasher. Could this
tragedy have been avoided? You damn straight
it could have and should have been avoided!!
I cannot believe any police dept would sit back
for 5 days and let Robert Roberson run around
a free man!! Bailey was a young teenage girl,
Roberson was a grown man who brainwashed her
in the beginning. She realizes what a monster
he is and goes to the police and tells them about
the rapes, abductions, threats, and that she
was trying to end a very abusive relationship
with him. Every police officer I know of (cont)
I would like to know if Child Protective Services was involved in this at any point?

Yukon is a VERY strange town!
Julie

AOL

#12 Sep 17, 2007
Denise K., in regards to your question, Mr. Robert Roberson, worked for DHS as well as the juvenile justice and court system...need I say more?
So yeas, Child Protective Services was involved, he was supposed to be the child protector...
Julie

AOL

#13 Sep 17, 2007
the dot rat wrote:
Dad didn't do a damn thing when she was 14.
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The dad made his daughter go to the juvenile justice center school...where Robert Roberson was an instructor, DHS okayed the girl to move in with this man. He trusted everyone with the girl.
He obviously made a very bad judgement in error when he thought the court system knew best.
Oklahoma Mom

Owasso, OK

#14 Sep 18, 2007
My prayers go out to the Roberson family; no one has mentioned them. They too are surely suffering from their loss and should not be forgotten about. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14
Emily

United States

#15 Oct 28, 2007
You bitch, how can you pray for people that raised this person wrong to point the to where he had to kill her. Bailey was the best sister.she never did any thing wrong just in August she was taking me to the air port she bought me Star Bucks but it seems like yesterday and was the best sister in the world and I have seven sisters and two brothers and out of all of them I loved her the best because I always wanted to be like her.
a known friend

Oklahoma City, OK

#16 Jan 15, 2008
yes i do agree that it was wrong that the police let him run around for five days because they didnt beilieve that robertson would do something like this well damn it he did it they sould of put a restraning order on him for that and we really cant put this on her parents because yes they did know how old he was but they thought that it was going to be for a good cause to keep her away from all the partying that she use to do and they thought that he could help her stay away from all of that. and yes we should give sorrys to the roberson family because he had kids and what are they suppost to think oh my dad was dating a 14 year old girl and then he murdered her how his family suppost to feel? Emily im not saying sorry about him im saying sorry about his actions and what he had done to bailey. that is some straight up bullshit that he had done that to her. Bailey tried to get away from him for the longest time but he wouldnt leave her alone. none of this angerment should go on her parents because they tried to tell the police and get him away from her but the police didnt belive that he would do something like this to a child. im sorry for all the pain that Baileys family and all of us as her friends we love you and hope we can get passed this. Love YOu Bailey!!!!!!!!!!
family

United States

#17 Jan 24, 2008
Bailey was beauitful more than anyone knows unless you knew her...She was a great sister and daughter..But Bailey made a wrong choice and didnt tell anyone..When everyone found out let me tell you sh*t hit the fan..But Bailey was stubborn and very independant and inlove..The next thing to do was tie her to the bed..The school did nothing and so did the police months before her murder.Told family unless she admits to thepolice what was happening there was nothing to do..So blame alot of people..But the one and only true person to blame was Robert he was supposed to be a guide for troubled kids not the problem this state hired him to help and teach and protect your kids..So there is your second person to blame..Third is the police cause they were more interested in cover up than helping this little girl if this got out that a teacher was a molester oh lord larry king would be everywhere...not to long ago after baileys death there was another case just like this one except he wasnt a teacher they arrested him right after the report so why not with bailey...well thats my say love you bailey and emily she was your best sister you will ever have
BGF

United States

#18 Jan 25, 2008
B J S wrote:
Julie,
I am so sorry to hear about your situation.
You are a very couragous woman!!!
Don't give up!! Contact the attorney general,
contact the OSBI. Don't give up!! It sounds
like there needs to be a major internal
investigation going on. It will take brave
people like you and others that have delt with
this department to make some noise before it
will happen. Power is in numbers!! I am
working with some people who have power outside
of Oklahoma. We cannot let this keep happen
to anyone ever again!! Police Depts must be
held accountable!!!
I also was very shocked over this whole situation with the young lady and the police dept. You said that you had extensive training in these type of situations, I have a question for you and if you wish you may e-mail me at flockbg at yahoo. the question is "Isn't there a law about statuatory rape? If people see these young girls with an older man why couldn't they get a picture of it (most cell phones have cameras on them) and turn it over to the DA. If enough people did this wouldn't there have to be something done about it?
stephanie ganske

Oklahoma City, OK

#19 Feb 1, 2008
Bailey was a dear friend of mine and robert robertson was also my drill sargent at the alternative school and i never thought he was that way at all. but i was wrong. i miss bailey so much and her dad should not have ever let her see him or anything. he could have prevented that and so could the police. that why i dont like cops is because it seems like somtimes they dont even care. a cop who would let that go on or any father or family member tats really messed up. but i dont really feel sorry for anybody in robertsons family because he is so fucked up in the head.
La La

United States

#20 Feb 1, 2008
hello rednecks

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