A truck driver has been arrested and is being held on a $1 million bond after allegedly kidnapping a woman and holding her hostage inside his truck for weeks.
Iowa police say that 32 year old New York-based truck driver James Scott Smith has been arrested and charged with Kidnapping in the 1st Degree, Harassment in the 1st Degree, Domestic Assault with a weapon, and Obstruction of Emergency Communication.
The arrest occurred after a 26 year old New York resident Amber Garrison called police several times from a Casey’s gas station location in Stuart, Iowa, on Saturday August 31.
From the Stuart Police Department:
Garrison reported that she had called 911 several times earlier on Saturday from the cab of the semi as it was parked in a parking lot in Stuart. According to Adair County Dispatch, several 911 calls were received on Saturday starting at approximately 9:50 A.M. that are believed to have been from Garrison. The caller did not speak directly to the dispatcher and did not provide a location. An Adair County Deputy responded to the area of the calls but was unable to locate the exact location and source of the 911 calls. Stuart Officers had not been notified of these initial calls and were unaware of the calls until they were dispatched to Garrison’s 911 call from inside the Casey’s Store at approximately 12:44 P.M.
Officers were dispatched to the Casey’s store, where they found Garrison, who had been reported missing in early August. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of multiple injuries.
Garrison told police that she met Smith on a dating website and that they agreed to meet at a Pennsylvania truck stop in mid July.
Garrison told police that she once she met Smith, she had been assaulted and forced to remain inside his truck as he drove over the road.
Police obtained a search warrant and “evidence was discovered and seized from inside the cab of the semi.”
Smith reportedly told police that his relationship with Garrison was consensual.
Smith was arrested and is being held in the Adair County Jail on a $1 million bond. Police say that they may issue additional charges against him.