TPD: Man climbs tree to avoid arrest, gets stuck after alleged attempted child abduction

Erik Thomas was arrested after allegedly attempting to abduct his 2-week-old child on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. While trying to get away from the police, he climbed onto the roof of a building, then up into a tree where he got stuck. Tulsa police were able to get him down after negotiations, and he was taken into custody without incident. (Courtesy of the Tulsa Police Department)

The Tulsa Police Department arrested a man Tuesday after he allegedly attempted to abduct his 2-week-old child.

Police say they were called to the Riverbank Apartments on Nov. 5 for attempted child abduction. The suspect, Erik Thomas, fled with his baby after the child's mother granted him visitation.

The mother, along with residents from the apartment complex, chased after Thomas. While trying to get away, Thomas threw the baby, which was inside an infant car seat, over a 6-foot privacy fence to get away, police say.

When officers arrived, they set up a perimeter and called in a K9 officer.

According to police, during the chase, Thomas tried to evade officers by climbing onto the roof of a building at Secure Care Self-Storage Facility. He eventually jumped down, only to climb a tree and get stuck.

Multiple officers attempted to negotiate with him, and he eventually came down and was taken into custody.

Thomas was booked into the Tulsa County Jail for injury to a minor child, obstructing justice, assault and battery on a detention officer, and domestic assault and battery by strangulation.

The condition of the child is unknown.