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Johnston County drivers warned about stranded motorist scam

Posted September 8, 2011

— Law enforcement in Johnston County are warning drivers to be cautious when stopping to assist stranded motorists.

The warning was issued after a man was robbed when he pulled over to help a woman and child standing beside a parked car on Swift Creek Road near U.S. Highway 70.

Deputies said when the Good Samaritan stopped two men armed with guns got out of the parked car and robbed him of money and jewelry.

Deputies say drivers who spot a stranded driver should call the state Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on a cell phone.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 12, 2011

    @as400, when you approach a stranded car to help a woman and her baby, do you have your .357 loaded and drawn with the safety off? If not, how can you expect to defend yourself against suddenly appearing assailants?

  • blahblahblah Sep 9, 2011

    Years ago a teenaged crying girl knocked on my door late at night. I was home alone with 2 small children. She said she ran her car off the road and wanted to use my phone to call someone to come get her. I said I would be happy to call the PD for her. She insisted she wanted to come in and call her mom. I told her give me the number and I'll call her. I could see her getting irritated because I wouldn't let her in. I finally shut and locked the door. I looked out the window and she and a man were running across my lawn. I called the police. Sure glad I listened to my gut and not my heart.

  • SueInNC Sep 9, 2011

    I really like the judged by 12 vs carried by 6 comment. :-)

  • RomneyRyan2012 Sep 9, 2011

    I'm a single female and I don't stop for ANYONE on the road. I'm usually alone but even if I weren't alone I wouldn't stop. If you think there is a problem call 911. Don't take a chance!!

  • ncguy Sep 9, 2011

    Should have profiled

  • wildcat Sep 9, 2011


    "That is why I carry a .357 loaded with hollow points in my car. I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6."

    So you are trying to find a way in to prison? Better rethink on that if you don't want to go there.

  • wildcat Sep 9, 2011

    I don't stop for anyone that I don't know. And if I do know you, I still want stop. I will call the police and let them help you. That way no harm will come to me and you may get caught in your own scam. Be smart if you decide to pick up strangers.

  • JoCoGrl Sep 9, 2011

    "That is why I carry a .357 loaded with hollow points in my car. I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6."

    I hear ya!

  • solarflare40 Sep 9, 2011

    I hear that Mr. Middle!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 9, 2011

    Solarflare, that hot half dressed woman thing has gotten me in trouble before.