Trucker Quickly Raises $25,000 For Repairs After Using Big Rig To Catch Murder Suspect
Pomona, CA – The trucker who helped police in California catch a murder suspect by using his big rig to stop a high-speed pursuit this week has already raised over $20,000 for repairs.
Ahmed Shaaban was driving in the area of Pomona early Monday evening while attempting to find a parking spot after his load was cancelled in Mira Loma, according to Shaaban’s wife, Tracy Adler.
“He saw the police pursuit happening and decided that he was in a position to help,” Adler stated of her husband.
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The story — which has since gone viral — evoked strong reaction throughout the country and many hailed Shaaban as “heroic” and “courageous.”
How It Happened
Shaaban appeared on FOX News on Wednesday night to give his account of what happened.
“I saw them chasing him about five blocks before I hit him. I was talking to my friend on the phone, I was telling him, ‘Hey, there’s a car being chased by like 40, 50 cops.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, that guy’s a murderer,’ so I’m like, ‘Oh, no way!'”
Shaaban went on to say he continued driving his truck, as the suspect’s pickup truck and police vehicles had already passed him, but encountered the chase again about “five or seven minutes later.”
During the second encounter, Shaaban says the pickup driver — identified as 35-year-old Michael Caleb Reed — “came from behind” his semi.
As he was sitting at the red light at N San Antonio Avenue, he watched the truck and police cars zig-zag through a gas station parking lot in his right rear view mirror.
It was then Shaaban saw an opportunity to help when he realized Reed’s pickup was turning toward him.
“My intention was to really block the whole intersection, my truck is that long, but by the time my truck reacted (from being stationary at the red light), and he gunned his truck and I gunned my truck and we just slammed into each other.”
Fundraiser Quickly Brings in $25,000 For Repairs
Shaaban purchased the Volvo semi involved in the accident five months ago in November 2020, according to his wife.
Adler said she was “encouraged” to create a fundraiser to raise money to help with repairs, calling the truck and Shaaban’s career as a professional trucker their “family’s lifeline.”
“He took it upon himself to attempt to block the suspect with no idea that the truck would actually plow right into our personal truck which significantly damaged it,” Adler said.
According to the GoFundMe page, it’s unknown at this time if the damages to the truck can be repaired or if the truck will be totaled.
Regardless, the funds raised will be used to make repairs or go towards the purchase of another semi-truck.
“God put him (Shaaban) in the right place at the right time to be able to do what others weren’t. He just didn’t want anyone to get hurt,” Adler said.
As of publishing, the GoFundMe has raised nearly $25,000 with a goal of $65,000.
Photos courtesy of Tracy Adler
WATCH helicopter footage from the scene below.