York Police Department: Driver stops to help stranded motorist, gets punched by highway robber

A Clover man tried to do a good deed this week, and all it got him was a punch in the face and an almost-robbery.

The 36-year-old reported to York police that he pulled his car over near the intersection of North Congress Street and Alexander Love Highway around 1 a.m. Friday when he saw a dark green or gray ’90s model Ford Mustang stopped on the side of the road.

He thought the car had broken down and wanted to help. He rolled his window down as a young man in his 20s got out of the passenger side of the car and approached.

But to his surprise, the man punched him in the side of the face and told him, “You’re gonna give me your money and cellphone or I’m gonna kill you,” according to the incident report.

The driver responded by forcefully opening his door into his attacker and telling him, “You think you’re the only one who has a gun?”

The victim said the other man never showed him a gun, and when he mentioned having one, his attacker ran back to the Mustang and the car took off headed toward Filbert Highway. He told police he didn’t have a gun himself and only said it to scare off the would-be robber.

He believes he saw at least two other people inside the Mustang at the time of the attempted robbery.

Police noted the man had swelling and redness under his left eye from being assaulted. A description of the vehicle was relayed to other active-duty officers.

Bristow Marchant •  803-329-4062