One of the saddest and most horrific stories of rape in Oklahoma’s history is the rape of a 5-year-old girl known to all of us as the Broken Arrow Angel. Douglas Harold Polk, Jr. has been arrested in the case.
The little girl was kidnapped from her front yard in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (a bedroom community adjoining Tulsa) and brutally raped around 6:30 p.m. September 20, 2007. Her parents reported her missing. About 45 minutes later, searchers found her walking along a roadside, crying with no clothes and obvious signs of a brutal sexual assault, about 7-1/2 miles from her home. Her injuries required surgery. People all over Oklahoma donated to a fund to find the cretin.
Polk was arrested on April 16th and charged with first-degree rape, domestic assault and batter, violation of a protective order. On the day of the arrest, his wife filed a protective order, stating that Polk had beaten her and threatened the family. He was investigate after the rape in 2007 and was never ruled out as a possible suspect.
Isn’t the police sketch of Polk remarkedly similar? This little 5-year-old girl was able to give police an incredible description of her attacker. She told them he was fair-skinned and white, 30-40 years old, partially bald with thinning light-colored hair, with no facial hair and did not wear glasses. He was wearing red shorts and a yellow, short-sleeve T-shirt with the word “CAT” on the front.
This story deeply touched the hearts of Oklahomas. It is my hope that Douglas Harold Polk, Jr., if found guilty, gets the punishment he deserves.