Truck driver pulled from truck, beaten, robbed
By Patrick Yost
A 60-year-old truck driver was pulled from his rig Sunday morning, beaten and had his money taken.
According to Madison Police Department, the man told police that at approximately 5:55 a.m. someone attempted to open the unlocked passenger door of his truck while the truck was parked at the Pilot Truck Stop on U.S. 441 south. The man said he was asleep when he heard the door opening. Reports state that the man fought with the suspect, who was described as a black male in his mid-30s with a scar from his eye to the crown of his head.
When officers arrived they observed that the truck driver had suffered injuries. Reports state that there was blood covering the man’s arms and his clothes from the waist down. The driver said during the struggle the assailant pulled him from the rig and onto the pavement where he then removed $330 from his front pocket.
Officers located a high-top Nike shoe at the scene they believed belonged to the suspect and requested a tracking dog. Covington Police Department responded and a dog detected an air scent on the suspect that led across Pierce Dairy Road, the parking lot of the vacant Super 8 Motel and into the Madison South Executive office buildings. The dog lost the scent, reports state, near the abandoned Fuel Mart.
Officers were able to secure finger prints from the rig. The driver was transported to Morgan Memorial Hospital by National EMS for medical care.
Printed in the September 20, 2012 edition