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Ohio man arrested, three others wanted after trucker opens fire while being robbed at truck stop

The Whitfield County Sheriffs Office is investigating a robbery that occurred at the Pilot Travel Center at 243 Connector 3. According to the Sheriff's Office and a Whitfield County E911 CAD, dispatchers received a 911 call around 8:05 AM Tuesday. The victim stated he had just been robbed outside of the Pilot in the back parking lot. According to a press release, the truck driver was strong-armed by four white male assailants. During the struggle, the victim retrieved a handgun that he had on him and fired a shot at one of the assailants. Once the victim began shooting, all the assailants took off. One of the robbery suspects fled the scene in a 2005 gold Chrysler Town and County van, and the remaining three fled on foot. It was not known if any of the remaining three assailants had another vehicle nearby. During the dramatic 911 call the victim described the suspects to the 911 dispatcher as "barely having any teeth" and that they all "smelt like they were on drugs" A BOLO was broadcast for the surrounding counties and agencies for the Chrysler. Shortly after the BOLO was issued, a Georgia Department of Public Safety - Motor Carrier Compliance Division Criminal Interdiction Unit located the vehicle traveling on I-75 northbound at approximately the 341-mile marker. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle near mile marker 351 in Catoosa County. The driver, Walter Wathen, 52, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was taken into custody without incident. The Van did have a bullet hole in the rear of the vehicle. The remaining three suspects are white males between the ages of 30 to 50. Clothing description of the three suspects is the following: Suspect 1: black pants, black shirt, and black hat. Suspect 2: white shirt, blue jean, or khaki shorts. Suspect 3: gray shirt and hat. The victim sustained no injuries during the robbery nor was any of the suspects or bystanders injured. During the 911 call, the victim advised he had been parked at Pilot since around 2:00 PM Monday and was walking to get some breakfast