Good Samaritan robbed after stopping to help armed suspects with car in Shelbyville

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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (Sept. 8th 2015) -- A Good Samaritan is robbed and carjacked near Shelbyville.

The victim had his car stolen after pulling over to help two men who pretended to be broken down.

With their emergency flashers on, the suspects told the victim their battery had died.

The victim went to grab some jumper cables from his car, but suddenly found himself being robbed at gunpoint.

“I think it’s terrible. Unfortunately it’s what society has come to and it’s a shame,” said driver Brian Michael.

Michael says he has pulled over and helped other drivers in the past, but the carjacking does make him reluctant to stop again.

“You hear so many stories about people getting jacked. You never know what you’re going to run into on the highway,” said Michael.

Shelbyville police confirmed one report of the Good Samaritan being carjacked, but some in town claim the crime has taken place at least twice recently.

That’s why police are issuing a warning for drivers everywhere.

“You know if you see somebody broke down, pick up a cell phone and call the police or the sheriff or state police and let us help those individuals,” said Shelbyville police Lt. Michael Turner.

Turner says in this case, the suspects stole the victim’s wallet and drove off in his car.

The victim luckily escaped without being hurt, but police do not recommend drivers stop to help total strangers.

“Number one, we don’t want to put someone in a situation like this where they become the victim of a robbery and we don’t want someone to get hit by a vehicle as they’re trying to be a Good Samaritan,” said Turner.

Shelbyville Police say the suspects are considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information is urged to contact police at 317-392-5106.