Altus police investigate string of sexual assaults
ALTUS, Okla._Three suspected sexual assaults in a 24-hour period were reported this week in Altus.
The three women all told police they drank a small amount of alcohol the night they were assaulted; leaving police to believe they may have been drugged. Two of the victims came forward Monday, and the third on Tuesday.
Though the women were all at different locations when the incidents occurred, one thing they all had in common is they all were drinking mixed drinks that someone else made for them the night of the incidents.
"And I know that everybody says to watch what you drink, watch what people give you at parties, don't trust other people. And a lot of people have told me that it's usually somebody that's close to you," said one of the victims.
And she believes the person who did it to her was indeed a good friend. Detective Bill Perkins believes all three of the incidents are connected due to the time frame and each woman saying they blacked out for a period of time.
"There isn't any indication at this time that it was the same person that was involved, it's just the same circumstances each time. So at this time we are looking at the possibility that maybe somebody is selling something to people on the street," said Detective Perkins.
The victim says she had no idea this could happen to her so she wasn't looking out for any red flags. She only remembers being at the party for fifteen minutes.
"The next morning I woke up and it was around 4:30 in the morning on a torn up mattress. I really thought I was in a shed honestly,” she said.
Perkins urges anyone else that this may have happened to come forward, even though they may be reluctant to.
"Embarrassment, a lot of them are angry because in their mind they are thinking that they allowed this to happen to themselves, when in fact that is not the case. They are victims, they were taken advantage of," said Detective Perkins.
The victim says she came forward because she doesn't want what happened to her, to happen to anyone else.
"I thought I was not naive but you literally can't trust anybody. I was the most careful. I was the one that looked out for all my friends," she said.
Perkins says in two of the three cases the victims were able to identify the suspects, but they are following up on all leads. They encourage anyone that plans on drinking alcoholic beverages at a public or private location to always keep your eye on your drink.
Detective Perkins says if anyone has any information on these crimes to contact him at the Altus Police Department, or to call Crime Stoppers at 580-482-TIPS.