STUART - A New York-based trucker faces multiple charges in an alleged kidnapping following his arrest Saturday in Stuart.
James Scott Smith, of Mexico, N.Y., was arrested at 12:44 p.m. following an investigation that began when a woman called 911 Saturday morning from the Casey’s Store, 708 S. Division St., to report she had been kidnapped.
Police responded. Amber Garrison, Smyrna, N.Y., told officers she had been kidnapped from a truck-stop in Pennsylvania in mid-July. She reported that she had been assaulted on several occasions and had been forced to remain with the driver of the truck as he traveled through multiple states in his semi. She told officers she had called 911 several times throughout the day from the cab of the semi as it was parked in a 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 Police 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.
Garrison had been reported missing to the New York State Police in early August.
She had several injuries and was transported to the Adair County Hospital for treatment.
A search warrant was conducted of the semi and evidence was discovered and seized from inside the cab of the semi. After the initial investigation it was determined that probable cause existed to arrest Smith.
Smith was arrested and charged with kidnapping, harassment, domestic assault with a weapon, and obstruction of emergency communication. He is being held at the Adair County Jail on a $1,010,000 bond. Additional charges may be filed at a later date.
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and involves several alleged crimes in multiple states. Deputies from the Adair and Guthrie County Sheriff’s offices and officers from the Iowa Department of Transportation assisted Stuart Police during the initial investigation.