Samaritan not so good to stranded motorist

| 8/21/2002

Kentucky State Police are looking for a truckdriver suspected of trying to abduct a woman stranded by the side of the road Aug. 15 on I-75 in Grant County.

The 21-year-old woman's vehicle had a flat tire about 10 a.m. Thursday in the southbound lanes of I-75 near mile marker 150. She pulled onto the shoulder and was attempting to change the tire when a tractor-trailer stopped and the driver offered to help.

KSP Detective David Jude said the trucker lured the woman to his cab by saying he had a tool that would help change the tire. The man grabbed the woman by the arm and neck and tried to force her into the truck. The woman was able to get away only after striking the man several times in the head with a ratchet wrench.

The man drove off as she ran toward her car waving for help from passing motorists. Jude said two other truckdrivers pulled to the side of the road to offer assistance.

The assailant is described as a short black man in his early 30s, 150 pounds, with short black hair and an "unkept" goatee, said Jude. He was wearing a blue T-shirt, blue shorts, black gloves with the fingers cut out of them and several gold chains. The woman said the man's most notable feature was his large teeth that needed cleaning.

Jude said the man was driving a tractor-trailer with a red cab and a white trailer. One witness described the cab as "not having a sleeper" and pulling a single tandem trailer. Hospitals in the Tristate have been told to watch for the man. Police have alerted weigh stations along I-75 and have posted information at truckstops.

Anyone with information about the truck or driver should call the state police's Dry Ridge post at (859) 428-1212.
--Keith Goble, staff writer