Ron Lantz of Ludlow,
KY, the truckdriver who helped police capture two suspects in the
DC sniper case, is giving up life on the road and retiring, WCPO television
in Cincinnati reported recently.
In the early hours
of Oct. 24, Lantz was listening to the Truckin' Bozo radio show and
heard a description of a car being sought by officials in connection
with the sniper case. He noticed a car that matched the description
- a Chevrolet Caprice - parked at a rest stop in Maryland and called
Lantz and another
driver then blocked the exits to the rest area, effectively trapping
the suspects until police could arrive. John Allen Muhammad and John
Lee Malvo were arrested a short time later. Both face numerous charges.
Lantz, who contends
he is not a hero, has been heaped with honors, including a day named
for him in his hometown and a letter and flag from his congressman.
The trucker invited
television reporters along on his final run just before Christmas,
which took him to Baltimore, MD, and the rest area where he spotted
the two suspects. He hopes others will be inspired by his actions
in the sniper case.
people want to turn their head the other way, and they don't want
to get involved," Lantz said. "Now, I think they are getting