On alert

Truck driver helps get abducted girls to safety.

December 2020/January 2021

Scott Thompson


Truck driver Moez Somrani was heading south on Interstate 40 in Oklahoma in late October when his phone went off.

It was an Amber Alert.

Law enforcement agencies across multiple states were looking for a man who had reportedly killed his two sons in Leavenworth, Kan., and abducted his two young daughters.

He was on the run with the girls – and police thought they might be headed to Oklahoma or Texas.

Somrani took in the information, saw the Amber Alert one more time on an electronic billboard, and kept his eyes peeled for a dark-colored Honda Accord.

About 30 minutes later, Somrani’s day changed. He spotted a car matching the suspect’s vehicle on an exit ramp.

The driver also fit the description of the Amber Alert – but it was a bit too far away for Somrani to be sure. As he pondered whether to make a U-turn to get a better look, the suspect did the work for him.

“Like five minutes after that, I saw the car passing me fast, really speeding you know,” Somrani said. “That’s when I saw the license plate, and I looked again on my phone to see the license plate, and I was sure it was the car. It’s the same license plate as the alert, so right away I called 911.”

A state patrol cruiser sped past him shortly after that – and a few miles up the road, Somrani passed by as a trooper was walking up to the vehicle, gun drawn.

The suspect, Donald Ray Jackson Jr., who is now facing capital murder charges, was taken into custody, and the girls were safe.

Many hailed Somrani as a hero, but the truck driver rejects that idea.

“It’s my duty to help when I can, and I call on everyone to help when they can because it costs nothing to help and it’s part of our daily lives. We help each other. Humans help each other. You help somebody today, you get help tomorrow from a stranger too. You never know.” LL