TULSA COUNTY, Okla. — Man pleads guilty after groping one girl at a store and burglarizing the home of another girl who he followed home.

21-year-old William Parnell of Jenks worked at a Dollar General in Glenpool and admitted that on June 1, 2021, he began following a minor female that had walked into the store.

William Parnell

After following the girl down an aisle, he grabbed her from behind and put one hand over her mouth and his other hand down her pants, telling her to be quiet and move.

The girl was able to escape when he tried to turn her around to face him.

Parnell admitted his intentions were to make sexual contact with the girl.

In a different incident on May 16, 2022, Parnell broke into the home of a 10-year-old girl that he followed home from a bus stop.

As Parnell was breaking in through the back door, the girl was able to escape out of her front door to a neighbor’s house before Parnell got in.

While inside, Parnell stole a firearm that he later discarded in a pond to hide it from the authorities. The gun was later recovered from the pond by Tulsa Police and Muscogee Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police.

Parnell was captured on a doorbell camera, and other parents in the neighborhood identified him as the suspicious man that had been spotted on their street around 81st and Harvard following young girls.

He was arrested at a hospital after assaulting a nurse and being recognized by one of the hospital’s employees who had seen a report on him.

The assault of the nurse occurred after Parnell checked himself into the hospital after he told them he had taken multiple pills. The suspect was described as being out of control, punching and hitting his head against walls. When a nurse tried to intervene, the victim was shoved and grabbed by Parnell. 

Parnell pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Burglary and Attempted Sexual Contact with a Minor in Indian Country and because he’s a Quapaw citizen his trial will be handled by federal prosecutors. 

Sources: News on 6 / Tulsa World


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