LAWTON, Okla._ Fallout continues over the lack of communication from police to the public after two kidnapping attempts in Lawton on the same night more than two weeks ago.
Surveillance video from The Convenience Store on 11th Street in south Lawton was obtained by 7News and shows one of the little girls being followed by a red, four-door vehicle with tinted windows.
The kidnapping attempt happened a few hundreds yards away at 12th and Texas Ave. That incident, along with another on NW Lindy Ave. near Sheridan was reported to police an hour apart on Oct. 16.
Lawton Police Chief James Smith could not be reached Wednesday afternoon, but a spokesperson at the department did say that no further comment would be made about this issue until the investigation is complete.
The surveillance footage is one tool helping police to find the suspect. Cameras from high above the gas canopy show all the action.
One part of the video shows the red vehicle pulling into position on the side of the corner store. Later, the young girl who was shopping for snacks inside is seen exiting and walking directly in front of the suspicious vehicle before crossing 11th Street and into her neighborhood.
Soon after, the red car pulls out onto 11th Street and comes to a complete stop while cars continue to buzz on by. He proceeds to make a right hand turn on 12th Street where the girl was walking.
Minutes later the attempted abduction occurred in front of an apartment building at 12th and Texas Ave.
"She heard somebody running up behind her, and that's when he nabbed her up, and she just dropped all her weight to the ground and started screaming," said eyewitness Darlene Satepauhoodle in our first report Monday evening.
Afzal is the owner of that convenience store and says he turned the video over to police the night of the incident.
The little 11-year-old is a frequent customer at the shop. It was unusual, he said, for the girl to be alone.
"They usually come together," said Afzal. "On that day I was shocked to see that she was by herself."
It is unclear to him why Lawton police did not come forward to the public sooner.
"To me it was pretty scary! Everyone should have known so that they could keep an eye on their kids," said Afzal.
Jim Russell, assistant city manager, was also unaware of both crimes until this week. He said he understands neighbors' frustration.
"I think any parent is interested in knowing this type of information and being able to take the safeguards to protect their own children," said Russell.
Now, he, along with City Manager Bryan Long, is working with police to see where the ball was dropped in informing the public.