FBI honors Ala. Trooper who helped thwart kidnapping

MONTGOMERY, AL - Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation presented Alabama State Trooper Adam Robinson with a certificate of appreciation Monday at the Alabama Department of Public Safety headquarters for his assistance in capturing a man suspected of kidnapping a New Orleans woman and her two children in 2010.

During the 2010 incident, a Flomaton truck stop customer discovered a note in the women's restroom from someone who said that her ex-fiancé had abducted her and her two children. In the note, the woman described the vehicle and included the license plate number. The Evergreen State Trooper Post was notified, and Robinson, who was on patrol in Butler County, received a dispatch to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Within minutes, he not only had spotted the vehicle traveling north on I-65, but he had stopped it, located a .45-caliber Ruger automatic handgun in the door panel and confirmed that the female passenger and her two children had been kidnapped by the driver.

Joseph F. Fierro, assistant special agent in charge from the FBI's Mobile Division, recognized Robinson's efforts and presented him with a certificate from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, which read: "Your cooperation was of immeasurable help to our representatives. I share their gratitude for your support, which assisted them in carrying out their responsibilities. You can take pride in the role you played in the success achieved, and my associates and I congratulate you on a job well done."

With FBI agents, Robinson and other members of Public Safety gathered in his office, Public Safety's director, Col. Hugh B. McCall, was eager to shake Robinson's hand and commend his work. "We are proud of Trooper Robinson's work and are delighted to have such opportunities to partner with the FBI. Working together, we can accomplish much," he said.

As a result of Robinson's traffic stop, the woman and her two elementary school-age children were rescued safely, and the man was taken into custody.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Department of Public Safety