TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — A man is in custody following a shocking kidnapping attempt at a Bartlesville hardware store.
Police said the suspect approached a female employee late Tuesday afternoon. He attempted to overpower her in hopes of forcing her into his waiting SUV.
Bartlesville Police obtained security footage of the attempted kidnapping in progress, which was then shared with NewsChannel 8. Even the detective on scene said he found the video disturbing.
Capt. Andrew Ward was shocked by the footage he saw.
“I’ve been here for ten years,” he said, “and this is my first encounter with an actual abduction or kidnapping from a place of employment.”
“I have never seen somebody try to physically take somebody or kidnap them,” echoed Sgt. Chris Neal, a ten-year veteran detective.
That changed when he arrived at a Bartlesville Lowe’s just before 5 p.m.
“Then you run across something like that, and you’re shocked, and you’re really surprised,” he admitted.
Ward said the suspect, Quincy Wilson, seemingly approached the victim at random. He said Wilson did not know the victim and they had never interacted before.
“Then Mr. Wilson begins walking down to her and grabs her hand right off the bat,” Ward said, describing the surveillance footage. “He’s leading her down the aisle and she pulls away from him a little bit.”
The man thought to be Wilson then grabbed the woman from behind, wrangled her arms above her head, and forced her towards a side exit. The victim’s feet skidded across the concrete floor as she tried to stop him.
“Finally, she caught a coworker’s attention,” Ward recounted. “He was able to come and help her.”
Police believe the crime was premeditated. Wilson allegedly parked his SUV in a secluded loading area next to the side exit.
“I mean, to place the vehicle in that certain spot, he definitely had to have some thought behind that,” Ward asserted.
The suspect never made it out the door with his victim. Police still don’t know why he did it. Fortunately, just one hour after speaking with NewsChannel 8, they got some good news.
“The Bartlesville Police Department received a call from Tulsa PD saying that they had taken Quincy Wilson into custody,” Neal said.
Wilson was transported back to Bartlesville, where Neal hopes to learn his motive. He said the investigation still has a long way to go, but he’s relieved Wilson is off the streets.
“It’s very satisfying,” he said. “I mean, this is what you get into it for. You get into it to try and help people out.”
“When you have something of this caliber,” he continued, “you really want a resolution. You want somebody in custody. You want to let the public know that this person’s in custody and they don’t have anything to worry about.”