Tribe plans to increase truck stop security after vicious driver assault

A Native American tribe has vowed to step up security at an Idaho truck stop after a suspect broke into a sleeping driver’s cab and br*tally beat him. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe says that they plan to make improvements to the TP Truck Stop off of I-15 in Fort Hall, Idaho, to increase security for customers following the assault of Missouri-based truck driver Amos Phillips last month. The tribes say that they will work Fort Hall Casino and Tribal Enterprises to increase lighting, improve surveillance equipment, and add more security to the truck stop. The TP Truck Stop is operated under the authority of the Tribal Enterprises.

Phillips was attacked around 2:30 a.m. on September 3, 2018, after having spent a few hours in a nearby casino and then returning to his truck to sleep. Phillips says that he was awakened in the middle of the night when a large man of Native American descent broke into his locked truck and demanded money. When Phillips said that he didn’t have any, the suspect then reportedly beat Phillips with rocks in his fists. Phillips was finally able to fight off his attacker, who fled into the woods. Phillips was transported to the hospital for treatment of facial fractures and a blood clot on his brain. He has yet to be cleared to return to work. No arrests have been made at this time and police do not appear to have any solid leads.

According to Fort Hall Police Chief, Pat Teton told KPVI, “The FHPD officers collected abaseball cap left behind at the scene from the suspect and it was sent to the Idaho State Lab for DNA testing. Our police records indicated the fingerprints were smudged. The video was collected from TP Gas Station; however, it was of poor quality and neither age or race of the suspect could be determined from the video. Police officers also checked with Fort Hall Casino on any other video footage of the incident but they were unable to locate any.

In addition, there were no witnesses to the incident that have been located at this time.” The Fort Hall Police Department (FHPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are still investigating the incident. If you have information on the incident, you are encouraged to call Fort Hall police at (208) 238-4000. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe says that this is the first attack of this kind on their property and that they hope it will be the last. Phillips’s trucking company, JWE Inc, has offered a $1000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

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