A Columbia woman this week depending on the kindness of strangers got the help she needed and was then robbed by the men who offered that helping hand.
"It seems real strange someone would go through the effort to help somebody try to fix their car unless they're trying to come across as the good guy and take advantage of them afterwards," said Detective Mike Barnick of the Columbia Police Department.
Police said the victim was on the road when her car started acting strange, and she pulled off at Riverwalk Park. Two men drove up, popped the hood and actually got the car running again. Police said these weren't just good samaritans.
"She goes back to get in, and they put a black semiautomatic pistol to her head and said, 'Give me your purse.' " said Barnick.
Now with the victim's cell phone, several hundred dollars in cash and a large amount of prescription medication, the men drove off.
"She said she seemed like she was in pretty poor health and needed her medications," said Barnick.
Police said the victim is coming back for another interview soon to try to give details on the men who robbed her.
"This is the first I've heard of where someone's going to help somebody before they rob them," said Barnick. "All I can say is, if you're having car problems, first thing you need to do is call someone and let them know where you're at so they can start coming towards you. Be wary of any strangers especially after dark. Just be wary."
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