Publix truck driver abducted, big rig carjacked

Police: Man tied up, placed in storage facility

Published On: Jun 14 2012 12:28:20 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 14 2012 03:28:00 PM EDT
BALDWIN, Fla. -

A truck driver had his tractor-trailer carjacked from him about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, and he was abducted and dropped off near the Walmart in Macclenny by the carjackers, according to Jacksonville police.

Clarence Few said he was traveling from Columbus, Ga., with a load of deli foods from the Publix Supermarket Co. and was scheduled to drop off the food at Publix on West Beaver Street at 4 a.m.

The 40-year-old said he stopped at a truck stop on U.S. Highway 301 for gas, and after leaving, he parked his truck behind a McDonald's to get refreshments at a nearby convenience store.

Few told police he he noticed a light grey Ford Mustang parked on the side of the McDonald's, and he waited for it to leave before getting out of his truck because he didn't know why it was parked alone in the lot.

Once the Mustang left, Few said he got out of his truck, and while walking to the convenience store, he was approached by a white woman and a black man.

He said the woman -- described as between 19 and 22 years old, 5 feet 2 inches tall and between 100 and 120 pounds, with blonde hair, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt -- and the man -- described as between 20 and 25 years old, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with brown pants and a white T-shirt -- asked him for a ride. He declined and the two walked away.

Few said as he kept walking, he was approached by the Mustang occupied by three men. He spoke to the driver about where the woman went and was approached from behind by a passenger, who lifted his shirt, pulled a handgun from his waistband and held it toward Few, police said.

Few told police the passenger demanded his money and the keys to his truck, and the men tied Few's arms and legs together and put him in the truck.

The men drove Few away while holding him at gunpoint, and the third man followed them in the Mustang, police said.

The men put a shirt over Few's head so he couldn't see where they were going, police said. They eventually stopped and put Few in an empty storage building floor, before driving off police said.

Few told police he managed to break his feet free from the rope and noticed he was in a storage building with no door. He also managed to get the shirt from his face and left the building with his hands still tied, police said.

He walked to the Walmart and asked a customer to call 911.

Police interviewed Few about what happened. They're still looking for the semitruck, which has gray fenders and a sleeper cab.

If you have any information about the carjacking, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.