By Jeff Harrison
An Oklahoma City man was arrested for allegedly raping a 4-year-old girl inside a bathroom at a McDonald’s in Midwest City, according to police.
On Tuesday afternoon, Midwest City police were called to the fast food restaurant on SE 15th St.
According to an arrest affidavit, daycare employees told police that a 4-year-old had gone to the bathroom in the playroom area. They noticed the girl had been “gone for a while” and went to check on her.
The daycare employees said the bathroom door was locked, and after knocking a while, a man, later identified as 37-year-old Joshua Kabatra, answered the door. They said Kabatra came out with his hands up and said, “I was just washing my hands.”
The daycare employees told police they asked the girl if Kabatra touched her and she replied “yes.” When asked where he touched her, the girl pointed to her genital area, according to the report.
Police later spoke with Kabatra, who said he was in the playground area when he started to feel sick. He said he knocked on the bathroom door. When he opened the door, he said he saw a girl sitting on the toilet. Kabatra said he threw up in the sink, washed his hands and left the bathroom, the report states.
The victim was later interviewed at the daycare and she said Kabatra molested her and asked her to touch him.
Kabatra was arrested on two complaints of first-degree rape, and one count of lewd acts with a child. He is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail on $65,000 bond. Formal charges are expected next week.
Police Chief Brandon Clabes said that Kabatra admitted to inappropriately touching the girl. Clabes said the man recently moved to Oklahoma City from out-of-state and they have had no previous interaction with him.
A representative with McDonald’s released the following statement:
“At McDonald’s, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers. We are deeply disturbed by the incident that occurred at one of our Oklahoma restaurants earlier this week. We are fully cooperating with the police during their investigation. At this time, our thoughts are with the victim and others impacted by this incident.”
New 9 first reported the story.