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Cumberland authorities: Man fakes car problems to rob good Samaritans

Posted January 27, 2015

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— A man posing as a motorist in distress last week tried to rob two people who stopped to help, beating one with a pipe, Cumberland County authorities said Tuesday.

A man flagged down a passing driver on Black Bridge Road in Parkton at about 2:30 a.m. Friday, saying his silver, four-door sedan had stalled, authorities said. As the good Samaritan was attaching jumper cables to the sedan's battery, the man brandished a piece of pipe and demanded money. The victim fled the area, leaving his vehicle behind, authorities said.

About 20 minutes later, a similar car was seen along Sand Hill and Chicken Foot roads, and a second good Samaritan stopped to help. As the battery was being jumped, the man again brandished a pipe and demanded money, and when the victim said he didn't have any, the man hit him with the pipe.

The victim suffered a cut on his forehead and was treated at a nearby hospital, authorities said.

The man is described as white, about 35 years old, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, about 200 pounds and has some facial hair. He was wearing jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a ball cap.

Anyone with information about the robbery attempts is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or dial 911 for immediate assistance.


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  • laceybcarpenter2u Jan 29, 2015

    Like so many have stated here, I am always carrying. Unless I go into a bank or a liquor store, my trusty 9mil is right beside me, just an inch or two from my hand and can be deployed and used in less than a second. In fact during my weapons training in the Corps, (Marine Security Forces), we had to draw, cap off 5 rounds, all rounds hitting the intended target, within 3 seconds. It's really not that hard if you practice.

    Yes, I will stop to help someone stranded. No I will not do it at 2:30am.

  • quickemeline Jan 28, 2015

    This is exactly why I refuse to stop and assist. My hearts desire is to but I alwa fear something like this will happen to me or my family.

  • James Barefoot Jan 28, 2015
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    I thought it was a scam, Saw this on I 40, even stopped to help the guy, Guys hood was up Just before the ramp ,At airport west bound, Dude said he was out of gas, headed to hospital to see his sick daughter, He was headed to Sheetz to meet his boss that was gonna give him money for gas, I said hop in , on the way to gas station he told me he was down on his luck, Had not worked in Months, But he had bought a case of oil to service his car and wanted to sell it at a deal. But he had to be at the at the sheetz before a certain time because his boss was catching a plane, I dropped him off at the station and headed west, As I was driving I thought maybe it all was true I turned around at the next exit to go back and help, His car was gone, no where in sight, Aviation parkway and Airport Blvd. are only a mile apart. You tell me,, O yeh I left out the part, I had a 38 laying on the center console in clear sight.

  • nerdlywehunt Jan 27, 2015

    WOW a prompt description for a change. What is different....oh never mind!

  • LetsBeFair Jan 27, 2015

    hopefully next time a Green Beret or SEAL team member stops to help him next time.

  • miseem Jan 27, 2015

    Sooner or later, this guy will pick the wrong samaritan. My suggestion is that you just call the cops. And use a little sense. When do you need a jump? When you stop and turn off the car, like in a parking lot. I don't see much reason for anyone pulling off the side of an isolated road at night and turning off their car.

  • Inter Alios Jan 27, 2015

    Taking advantage of a good hearted person ought to be worth . . .about ten years. This guy would stand out in a crowd of sorry people.

  • James McFetridge Jan 27, 2015
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    Stay in your car and keep driving. Call the motorist assistance patrol for them (IMAP) if there is one for that locale. Although not totally improbable, it's odd in this day and age that the stranded motorist would not have a phone of his own to do the same.

  • hfm83 Jan 27, 2015

    Hopefully, the next time someone stops to help this punk, the victim will have a hog leg to put the smack down on him with.

  • Mike C Jan 27, 2015
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    Clowns like this is why I always carry a loaded weapon on my side. If I see someone in distress, I will try to help them. If they try to harm me, then woe is them.