Truck Driver Who Turned-in the DC Snipers Had Prayed They Would be CaughtTruth!



Summary of eRumor:

Truck Driver Ron Lantz, according to the eRumor, was among 50 other drivers who had met to pray that the Washington DC snipers would be caught.  A week later, Lantz turned out to be the one who spotted their car at a rest stop in Maryland and reported them to police.

The Truth:

According to numerous published sources, including the Washington Times, this is true.  Trucker Ron Lantz is from Ludlow, Kentucky.  He says he heard the description of the suspects’ car on a national truckers radio program called the Truckin’ Bozo.  Then when he pulled into a Maryland rest stop, he spotted the Chevrolet Caprice in which the two suspects were sleeping.  He called police and even positioned his truck to block the Caprice if the men awakened and tried to get away.  This all happened just two days before his scheduled retirement.  He and other Christian truckers had gotten together the previous week to pray that the sniper would be caught.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

A truck driver who is just five runs away from retirement had a prayer meeting last week with 50 other drivers, just 20 miles from the spot where the arrest took place. The drivers met to pray that the sniper would be caught. “We knew the prayer was going to be answered. One time or another. That’s the way we believe.” Driver Ron Lantz left Wilmington, Delaware last night and pulled into the rest area at Myersville and spotted the suspect’s car immediately. When he mentioned it to another driver on his radio the man asked, “What are we going to do?” “I said I’m going to call 9-1-1. So I called.” The 15 minute wait was a long one, Lantz admitted, and during the wait, the drivers worked together to block the exit to the rest stop.   

Does Lantz want to be called a hero? The Presidential Prayer Team would call him a man of character, because in his words, “I just want people to think what I did is what I should have done. I am no hero at this, no hero whatsoever. I don’t even want to be [thought] of as a hero.”