Man robbed at gunpoint while trying to help

Man robbed at gunpoint while trying to help
By: Holly Brantley
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Think about this the next time you're driving down the road and spot a car pulled over with the driver apparently in need of help. You decide to stop, but the situation backfires on you, and you become the victim of a crime.
Apparently that's what happened early Monday morning in Cape Girardeau. A good Samaritan pulled over to help someone in distress, but instead of a thank you a gun was pointed at him.
It happened in Cape Girardeau in the 900 block of South Ellis Street. Sgt. Barry Hovis of the Cape Girardeau police department says the victim, a 41-year-old man, pulled over to help another man who was driving a silver Dodge Intrepid. When the victim got out of his car to help, the situation took a turn. The suspect pointed a handgun at him and demanded money.
So, should you decide to stop and help someone who appears to be in need? Sgt. Hovis says it all comes down to common sense. Hovis says the best thing to do is get to a phone and let police know where to find the stranded driver, or person in need of assistance.