Woman robbed by fake stranded motorist

2012-08-10T18:30:00Z 2012-08-11T22:42:05Z Woman robbed by fake stranded motoristStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 10, 2012 6:30 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A LaPorte woman was knifed and robbed Thursday after she pulled over to help what she thought was a stranded driver.

The 37-year-old woman stopped about 1:30 p.m. on County Road 250 South near 100 West to help what appeared to be a stranded male motorist, according to LaPorte County police. The man came up to her vehicle, forcing her back inside, where he produced a knife and demanded cash. He took off with $80 and left the woman with slash marks on her head, arm and hand, police said.

She was transported to IU Health LaPorte Hospital and later released.

The attacker was described as white, in his 50s and with his hair in a ponytail. Police said he was driving a white or cream-colored Hyundai Sonata with some rust and a tinted back window.

"You don't want to tell people not to help others, but I guess you got to be cautious, LaPorte County Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer said. "It's kind of scary.

"Evidently, he was just waiting for somebody to come along and offer assistance so he could try and rob them."

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