By Margie Wuebker
Office workers at Steve Mox Trucking near Rockford called the sheriff's office Monday reporting an Illinois truck driver was threatening the lives of employees with a gun.
Alvin O. Anderson, 40, of Glenwood, faces multiple charges and is scheduled to appear in Celina Municipal Court at 1 p.m. today on charges of resisting arrest, criminal damaging, aggravated menacing and possession of marijuana. While Anderson did not show an actual weapon, keeping his hand firmly planted in a pocket gave the illusion of one, the sheriff's report said. Deputies did not find a gun.
Mercer County Sheriff's deputies responded to the trucking firm at 12806 state Route 118 after an employee called 911 to report Anderson was threatening office personnel with a gun.
The incident apparently stemmed from a management decision regarding a driving team.
Anderson, an employee of Mox Trucking, reportedly had been arrested earlier in New Mexico after assaulting his girlfriend and driving partner. She reportedly drove the semitrailer home alone, and he came to the office after catching a ride back to Ohio. He apparently wanted to make another trip with the unidentified woman, and his request was turned down. A subsequent search of his belongings by deputies turned up a knife, rolling papers and an envelope containing a substance believed to be marijuana.
Anderson ran when deputies located the envelope. A foot chase ensued with the truck driver allegedly taking a swing at deputy Chris Hamberg. The blow missed its target but an unidentified Mox Trucking employee was kicked in the face while assisting law enforcement officers.
The handcuffed suspect reportedly tried to resist once more as he was being led to a waiting cruiser. He kicked a waiting cruiser and threatened deputies before being wrestled to the ground again.
Anderson remains at the Mercer County Jail pending the court appearance. The case will be referred to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office later today for review and possible felony charges.