Ala. State Troopers foil kidnappings on I-65

Posted by: John Shryock - bio | email

EVERGREEN, AL (WSFA) - A note and the keen eye of an Alabama State Trooper are being credited for finding three kidnapping victims.

The hunt started after someone found a letter in the women's bathroom of a south Alabama truck stop. It said the woman and her children had been kidnapped and were being taken to Atlanta, Georgia.

The note was quickly passed up the line to the Escambia County Sheriff's Department and then to the Alabama State Troopers post in Evergreen.

The note indicated that the woman and her two children's abductor was driving a gray Acura.

With information in hand, including knowledge that the Acura had Louisiana plates, troopers issued a lookout and started watching for similar vehicles.

A trooper in Butler County spotted a vehicle matching the lookout's description a short time later and stopped it around the 107 mile marker on Interstate 65.

Inside was a man, a woman and two children. The car had a Louisiana plate.

The trooper checked the vehicle registration and confirmed it was wanted in connection with a reported kidnapping. He then arrested the driver, 25-year-old Therral Hatfield of Jefferson, La.

Along with charges of giving troopers false information, Hatfield was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit when authorities discovered a .45-caliber Ruger automatic handgun in the door of the car.

Since the kidnappings crossed state lines, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in the case, which remains active at this time.

The woman and her children, from Louisiana, were reported safe.

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