Tennessee trucker recovering from beating, robbery

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, May 16, 2013

OOIDA Senior Member Jeff Yeip has over 25 years on the road and 3 million miles on his odometer. But at just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, the Tennessee owner-operator hit a milestone no trucker ever wants to reach: being beaten and robbed while fueling up at a truck stop.

“I’ve been all over,” Yeip said in a phone interview with Land Line. “I’ve spent weekends at this truck stop and never felt threatened or anything. It wasn’t even in the back parking lot. It was right up front at the fuel island. Hopefully this is the one and only time.”

According to the police report, at 4:55 a.m. Tuesday, three suspects described as black males ages 22 to 27 approached Yeip as he was filling up on diesel out in front of the TA Petro at 13011 Old Hickory Blvd. in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville. The attackers acted strangely and asked Yeip for directions before they started striking him in the face.

The three men got the 55-year-old Yeip down on the ground, snatched his wallet, and ran off. Yeip said he got up and chased after the men, and even managed to break a window out of their Chevrolet Silverado pickup, but they still escaped. He said the whole ordeal lasted about a minute.

After the robbers escaped, Yeip said he made his way inside the truck stop, where an employee called police, who took a statement from Yeip. A spokeswoman with the Nashville police said Wednesday that investigators were in the process of obtaining video surveillance footage from the truck stop.

A manager drove Yeip to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Yeip suffered what he described as “bangs and bruises” to the head, face, shoulders, neck and torso, but said “nothing’s broken.”

“They didn’t get any cash, just credit cards, my OOIDA membership card, AAA card, driver’s license, Social Security card, just stuff like that,” he said. “I’m sure they thought I had cash. I didn’t even have much in my pockets. It’s just unfortunately a part of life nowadays I guess. Other than that, it’s just another day in paradise.”

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