Man robbed after offering a helping hand, police say

Man robbed after offering a helping hand, police say

LORIS, SC (WMBF) -Police say a man was robbed after he attempted to help a group of people who appeared to be stranded on the side of the road.

Police say a man was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night by the very people he tried to help - he thought they were broken down on the side of the road. It happened off of Highway 701 North between Morgan Road and Riverbend Road in Loris.

Some say situations like this one, really make them think twice.

"It's always in the back of your mind that this could be the wrong person to be picking up," Tripp Small said.

"There's certain things you think about when you drive by, should I help them, should I not..." Stavro Najjar added. Both Tripp Small and Stavro Najjar work close to where the alleged armed robbery took place.

The report states the victim drove by after seeing a small group of people standing on the side of the road next to what seemed to be a red car, and when he pulled over, that's when the report says one of the men pulled a gun on him and demanded everything he had.

Stavro Najjar works at a gas station near by. Originally from Detroit, he explains these kinds of things happen in a split second.

"Sometimes there are people that want to trick you like that, like 'oh help me out, I need help with this' and then you get robbed... easily," Najjar said.

Tripp Small helps run the produce and fireworks stand right down the road. He admits, it may have had something to do with the holidays being right around the corner.

"Around here everyone is poor for the most part, so it could definitely be dealing with money," Small added.

Najjar believes the victim was just acting in the holiday spirit.

"You know, everyone's in better moods during this time of year, so they're like, you know what, let me go help them out for a second, you stop and you pull over and then before you know it, you lose your wallet, you lose money, you lose your car... anything," Najjar explained.

The victim describes the suspect as a 5-foot-10-inch or 11-inch tall black male with a "full face" in the report, and says the two other black males with him kept calling him "Kevin."

So then, the victim told police he and his wife hit Facebook where they think they found the suspect. Najjar wasn't too surprised the victim seems to know who the suspect is.

"You know, like small cities, like Loris and Tabor City, especially, you know in the country...everyone knows each other," Najjar said.

Whether the victim knows the suspect or not, police are still investigating and if you know anything at all you are urged to call the Horry County Police Department.

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