Atlanta police spokesperson Jarius Daugherty praised the driver for following the hijackers’ commands… ‘Our recommendation in a situation like this is to comply.’
- Driver of UPS 18-wheeler was hijacked at gunpoint, kidnapped and robbed in Atlanta early Monday
- Heist took place at a traffic light after the UPS truck left a warehouse
- Driver was found tied up in the back of his truck nearly six hours later
- Police say bandits stole about a quarter of packages and transferred them to their own truck
By Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com Published: 09:27 EST, 30 December 2021
Armed hijackers ambushed a UPS driver, tied him up and ransacked his 18-wheeler tractor-trailer in Atlanta early Monday.
At around 9:15 a.m., police responded to the area of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW and Bankhead Court NW on a kidnapping report, according to the Atlanta Police Department.
Officers were met by the driver of the stolen UPS big rig, who was unharmed, and his colleagues.
A subsequent investigation has uncovered that the brazen heist took place after the driver had left a UPS facility laden with packages to deliver.
At around 3:30 a.m., the truck stopped at a traffic light, where an armed man jumped into the cab, pointed a gun at the driver’s head and forced him to head down a dirt road to an abandoned lot on Bankhead Court, police said.
Once there, the kidnapper and several accomplices restrained the UPS driver’s hands with zip-ties and proceeded to steal about a quarter of the cargo from the tractor-trailer, which they then transferred to their own truck waiting nearby, WSB-TV reported.
The bandits then got into their vehicle and drove off with their loot, leaving the kidnapping victim behind.