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Alert trucker: 'I'm no hero'

Ron Lantz
Ron Lantz

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FREDERICK, Maryland (CNN) -- The truck driver who called police early Thursday after spotting a Chevrolet Caprice wanted in connection with the Washington-area sniper slayings said he's "no hero," and plans to share any reward money he receives with victims of the attacks.

Ron Lantz said he noticed the car, which matched the description given in news coverage, after pulling in to a rest area near Frederick. He discussed what to do with another driver, and then decided to call 9-1-1.

"They told me 'We'll be there as soon as possible,'" he said. "They said, 'You stay right where you're at.'"

Then, somebody else at the scene suggested that Lantz move his truck to block the exit from the rest area, to prevent the car from leaving, which he did.

start quoteI just want people to think what I did was what I should have done.end quote
-- Trucker Ron Lantz

"I just sat there and waited, kept watching my mirrors," he said. "It was all I could do."

About 15 to 20 minutes later, "that place was full of FBI," he said.

People should not think of him as a hero, Lantz said.

"I'm no hero," he said. "I just want people to think what I did was what I should have done."

Authorities had posted a $500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the sniper suspects, believed responsible for killing 10 people and wounding three others since October 2.

Lantz, who is just five runs short of retiring as a truck driver, said if any of the reward money comes his way, "I'd probably take it back and give it to the people who were shot."

"At least half of it, anyway."

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