A husband (Fred) and wife (Edith) attempt to rob a small rural grocery store at gunpoint. The robbery results in critical injury to the grocer and the abduction of the only witness - the grocer's 10-year-old daughter, Susie. The terrified girl can neither hear nor speak and elicits sympathy from the compassionate Edith, who eventually convinces Fred to release her in a remote area. Dan Mathews is disgusted that anyone would abduct such a helpless victim and orders an intensive search for the child. When Officer Harper finds her unharmed, Dan discovers that he is able to take advantage of Susie's lip-reading and observation skills to obtain critical information concerning Fred and Edith and their possible whereabouts. When Officer Harper subsequently spots Fred and Edith's station wagon, he chases them back in the direction of Dan and Officer Dennis. An armed confrontation becomes inevitable. Written by
Even with immediate road blocks, since there was no description of the criminals or their car, the criminals could have passed by any of the roadblocks and been outside the containment area by the time this information was learned from Susie. See more »
The safety and protection of those innocently caught up in the activities of criminals is as important to the law enforcement officer as is the capture and punishment of those criminals. On September 9th last year, what started out as another robbery of a store created a unique and dangerous situation for the Highway Patrol.
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