Missing Armored Truck Driver Arrested

by Jana Ritter - Published: 12/26/2014

Trent Michael Cook, the 24-year-old Amarillo armored driver suspected of robbing his own vehicle was arrested along with an unnamed alleged accomplice on Wednesday night at a Colorado Springs hotel, police said. Amarillo police had contacted Colorado Springs police seeking their help in tracking down Cook after his armored car was found abandoned and running on Monday in Amarillo.

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The Colorado Springs police robbery detectives sprung into action following up into "rapidly developing leads" and located Cook along with his alleged accomplice at their hotel. Believing he might be heavily armed and uncooperative, a SWAT team was used to apprehend Cook in his hotel room and the $200,000 stolen in the robbery was recovered.

Meanwhile, another search is on for a truck driver who allegedly kidnapped a disabled teen girl in Indianapolis. According LeRoy Police Chief Jason Williamson, shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, officers from the LeRoy Police Department were called to Love's Truck Stop about a 17-year-old autistic female saying she had been kidnapped in Indianapolis by a truck driver. The teenager told investigators that she had been sexually abused and then dropped off in LeRoy.

She had in fact been entered into the National Crime Information Center database as a missing person by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.She described to police the suspect vehicle as a black semi tractor trailer with an empty flatbed trailer and the letters "TMC" on the cab. The truck driver and his vehicle are also believed to have left the area an hour or two before the police were called.

A description of the vehicle was broadcast to other area law enforcement agencies and IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn said that the IMPD Missing Persons Unit, with cooperation from the FBI, is continuing to investigate the case. The girl was treated and released from the hospital, and is back safely with her family.

However, now there is word that this was not a kidnapping situation and the real story has yet to unfold.

Jeff Newman
Jeff Newman
Just to clarify, a TMC driver was not involved
Dontae Lavelle Smith
Dontae Lavelle Smith
Trucker JD