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