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Good Samaritan Robbed
ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- Most of us would like to believe that if we were stuck on the side of the road someone with good intentions would stop and lend a hand.
But twice in the last few weeks a situation like that has turned out to be the bait to lure good Samaritans into a robbery. The most recent incident occurred Friday night near the intersection of Augspurger road near Gephart road in St. Clair Township. Local 12 News reporter Rich Jaffe has more on these disturbing crimes.
Having the hood up on your vehicle is generally perceived as a kind of universal distress signal, unfortunately it has now gotten to the point law enforcement says if you see it along a roadway you should not stop to try and help but rather pick up a phone and call police.
Friday night about 11:30 46-year-old Damon Wyatt was driving down Augsburger road near Gephart in Butler County when he saw a dark colored minivan on the side of the road with the hood up.
Butler County Detective Kim Peters says, "He wants to help them. It's a female and a male so he pulls up to help them, he pulls his car up the front of their car to give them a jump. As soon as he gets out of the vehicle he has somebody come up behind him...puts him in a choke hold."
According to the sheriff's report, the second man who had been hiding nearby tells Wyatt, "Just go to sleep."
Detective Peters says, "Another guy punches him in the face continuously, so he's being attacked by two males. When he first pulled up it was a male and a female but he's actually being attacked by two males."
Wyatt told investigators when he woke up in the dirt, he drove himself to the hospital. Hospital officials called the sheriff's office.
"He did have several injuries. He had blood coming out of one of his ears. His teeth were almost knocked out they were very loose, and he had a bloody eye as if they had punched him in the eye,"says the detective.
A little over two weeks ago we told you about a similar situation in Walnut Hills when Shane Oney stopped to help a screaming woman and a man shoved a gun through his window.
Oney told Local 12 News, "He caught me in the neck, nothing you can do when got a gun in your neck"
Investigators believe in both the Owney and Wyatt cases the objective was robbery but the fall out is perhaps even worse.
Kim Peters says, "People want to help. When they see somebody disabled on the side of the road they want to help and you can't do that any more."
Monday morning Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones was on Twitter and he sent out a message that should make everyone think twice.
It said, "Man assaulted over the weekend while trying to help stranded motorist. Sad. Safer 2 just call and have a deputy/officer check it out."
Butler County detectives say the man who was standing by the van was a white male wearing a dark jacket, camouflage hat, and had short facial hair.
The woman had shoulder length dark curly hair.
If you have any information about the attack call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.
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