LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The father of an armored truck driver accused of skipping town with a large amount of cash said he hasn’t heard from him since he disappeared last month.
Louisville police and the FBI are searching for 29-year-old Mark Espinosa, who disappeared from Louisville on Dec. 5 with an undisclosed amount of cash near the Jefferson Mall.
Investigators have not confirmed how much money was taken from the truck, which is owned by a Canadian security company called GardaWorld.
Espinosa’s father did not want to speak on-camera, but did answer exclusively several questions from WAVE 3 News but. He said he hasn’t heard from his son. No phone call, text, or email.
“When he disappeared, I thought he was kidnapped and someone had killed him or something,” Espinosa’s father said.
Louisville police said Wednesday they believe Espinosa had carefully and thoroughly planned the heist. His father said he didn’t notice a packed bag or anything that might have been missing.
“Nothing at all,” he said. “I saw him walk out that morning like he did every day. When he worked in the morning, he just walked out went into his car. I was waiting for him to get home. I hope that if he is alive, that he just turns himself in before someone gets hurt.”
Espinosa’s father said his son never communicated any issues or thoughts about allegedly taking the money.
“I thought I knew my son but, this is a complete surprise to me,” Espinosa’s father said.
Police said Espinosa has ties to the Northeast United States, and has family members on the west coast, as well as Texas and Florida.
“It’s like a nightmare and I can’t wake up,” his father said. “His life is over. Whether he is alive or not. If he’s dead his life is over. He’s alive, he’s going to prison. So, I lost my son no matter what.”
Mark Espinosa and his father lived together in Louisville. His father said authorities have searched his home with a warrant three times. He said he doesn’t know how much money his son may have taken.
Federal officials have issued a warrant for Espinosa’s arrest, and the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to it. The armored truck company is offering a $50,000 reward.
According to an FBI bulletin, Espinosa is 5-feet-10 inches tall and weighs around 230 pounds. He has a large scar on his right arm.
Anyone with information regarding Espinosa’s whereabouts is urged to call the FBI’s Louisville office at 502-263-6000.