Lemonade Stand DNA Matches Rape Suspect
TULSA, Oklahoma –
A man tried to lure two young girls into his car from their lemonade stand in March. Those girls saved the cup the man used that day and gave it to police.
Police got a hit off the DNA on the cup.
It’s a match for a man who kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old Glenpool girl last year. Police never caught the man who raped the little girl last year, but, they did have his DNA and put it into the system.
When they entered the DNA of this man at the lemonade stand, it was a match. So they know there’s a predator out there but they still don’t know who he is or where he lives.
These little girls set up a lemonade stand in their driveway in March. They didn’t know how close they came to a predator. They did know something was off when a man pulled up next to them in a tan or gold, 2007-08 Nissan Maxima and tried to talk them into getting into his car, offering to take them to a studio and take their pictures.
There is video of the car is from a neighbor’s security camera. Even when the man gave them back the cup he’d used, they were careful accepting it.
“We stretched out our hand because we thought he would try to grab us,” one girl said.
The grandmother of one of the girls happened to ask which cup the man used and decided to hang on to it.
“I guess I watch too many crime shows,” said Janet Garland, grandmother. “I thought let’s save the cup because he took a drink and handed it back to her. I thought we’d save it and give it to police hoping we could get a fingerprint. I never thought about DNA testing or anything like that.”
Police didn’t get any prints, but, say the DNA on the cup connects this man to another case from January of 2013, when a man kidnapped a 12-year-old girl and drove her to a construction site and raped her, then dumped her back in her Glenpool neighborhood.