NO GOOD DEED… Good Samaritan Trucker Taken Hostage By Stranded Female Motorist
Holt County, Missouri – A good samaritan truck driver was allegedly taken hostage on Tuesday along Interstate 29 in Missouri, after he stopped to help a stranded female motorist.
According to Sgt. Corey Root of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) the incident happened during the noon hour when a trucker stopped along the roadway of Interstate 29 to help what he believed was a stranded motorist. According to Root, a St. Joseph woman lost control of her car and slid across the median coming to rest in a ditch along the interstate near the 85-mile marker in Holt County.
The good samaritan truck driver then invited the woman and a 6-year-old girl, believed to be the daughter of the female motorist, into his truck. That’s when, according to Root, the woman allegedly pulled a flare gun out of the glove box and began to threaten both the girl and the trucker. She told the driver to keep driving.
“At that point, basically a hostage-type situation occurred,” Root said in a statement to newspressnow.com. “She took her daughter — we believe it was her daughter — almost as a hostage to get the truck driver to drive her north on Interstate 29.”
The trucker then drove nearly 26 miles north of the accident site into Atchison County. Finally, several law enforcement officers closed in and stopped the semi. The truck driver was able to safely escape the truck while the woman and girl remained inside for quite some time.
“We were able to, with the help of the Rock Port Police Department, to get that truck stopped and take the subject into custody,” Root said.
The woman was later arrested without incident and reportedly transferred to a local hospital for observation. The child was placed in the care of the Atchison County Department of Family Services.
MSHP said the woman faces charges of felony assault, felony first-degree kidnapping and armed criminal action.
Root said officials are still trying to piece together the woman’s motivations for her violent threats and erratic actions. Root said the woman does not have any active warrants.
No names of those involved have been released.