TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputies shut down a meth lab in a west Tulsa house Tuesday, but one of the three women accused of operating it wasn’t going to go down without a fight.
Deputies went to the house to look into drug activity, but one of the women tried to get away by jumping out of one of a second-floor window. She didn’t get too far.
James Snider wasn’t too surprised when he saw a bunch of deputies parked next door to his house.
“The way today’s world is, you know, it’s all messed up. Nothing I have not seen in the past,” he said.
In fact, it wasn’t the first time he saw flashing lights at the house. In 2008 there was a fire there.
“Had a feeling it might could be some meth or something. I don’t know,” he said.
Deputies say a meth lab is what brought them back there Tuesday.
But when they went in, one of the three people inside jumped out a window and took off.
Several deputies joined the search for her through several blocks, near Mark Twain Elementary.
Parents are furious she took her attempt to escape so close to their kids.
“You know, if they’re going to do that kind of stuff take it somewhere else, not around the school,” said Robert Davis, a concerned parent.
Davis said any number of things could have gone wrong and affected his daughter and other kids here.
“Seeing somebody run from a cop, you know, that’s gonna scare some kid,” he said.
He also worried the woman could have tried to hide evidence from the alleged meth lab along the way.
“Somebody could toss a syringe out there where the kids play, you know, and a kid loses his shoe or runs out of his shoe and gets stuck. Then what?” said Davis.
It’s something he’s already seen here before.
“When I’ve parked along the curb, you know, I’ve seen syringes,” said Davis.
Janie Clark hates to imagine what would happen if her granddaughter or one of her friends were to find something like that.
“She knows not to pick up stuff like that, but some of these other little kids…there’s kids even smaller than her that don’t know that. And they would get in trouble or could get hurt with it,” said Clark.
Police found the woman not far from the scene.
“I was flagged down by a citizen on the street saying that someone was running through the back yards of houses,” said Sgt. Travis Jones of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
With that tip, they cornered her in yard.
“Ran towards us and turned to run away and she was tased, at which time she went to the ground and was taken into custody,” said Jones.
Deputies arrested two women and a man and cleared out a working meth lab from the house.
Snider said he tries to keep to himself, but Tuesday’s bust is a perfect example of what’s happening in his neighborhood.
“The drugs are a big problem. Like I said, I don’t know what all is going on, but I know it has to do with drugs or something,” he said.
The woman who ran had to be treated by EMSA for injuries she got from jumping out of the window.