FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have announced plans to improve security at the TP Truck Stop near Interstate 15 in response to the early September severe beating of a truck driver who was sleeping in his semi while parked at the business.
The tribes, Fort Hall Casino and Tribal Enterprises will collaborate on improving lighting, surveillance equipment and security in all areas of the truck stop, according to a press release.
Amos Phillips, of Camdenton, Missouri, had stopped to gamble at the casino and had gone to sleep in his sleeper cab. Phillips said he was awoken at 2:30 a.m. Sept. 3 by a large Native American man who demanded money and began beating him when he admitted he had none. He said he was transported by ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello and treated for a broken nose, broken cheek bones and a blood clot on his brain.
“Safety is a top priority, and we will always do what we can to improve our customer safety,” Charlie Jim, retail operations manager with Tribal Enterprises, said in the press release.
Fort Hall Police Chief Pat Teton said police took a baseball cap, apparently left behind by the suspect, and have sent it to the Idaho State Lab for testing. He said fingerprints left at the scene appear to be smudged.
Jim said security staff and managers with the truck stop shared statements and video surveillance with Fort Hall Police, but it was “of poor quality and neither age nor race of the suspect could be determined from the video.”
He said police also checked security cameras from the nearby casino but found no footage of the incident. There were no witnesses, he said.
“We would like to express how unfortunate it is that this type of incident can happen anywhere and were especially saddened that this happened on our property, involving a very valued customer,” Jim said in the press release. “We continue to pray for his health, wellbeing and justice for such a senseless act of violence.”