(Butler Co., OH) Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that a man’s attempt to help a “stranded motorist” Friday night led to his being assaulted and seeking medical treatment. A Trenton man, 46-year-old Damon Wyatt, reported to Sheriff’s Deputies that he was travelling along Augspurger Road near Gephart Road in St. Clair Township around 11:00 – 11:30 Friday night. He spotted a dark-colored mini-van on the side of the road, and a male and female standing next to it. The suspects stated they needed a “jump,” and indicated they had cables. Wyatt was standing in front of the van, and opened the hood of his vehicle. That’s when Wyatt said a third suspect came up behind him, tried to choke him, and began beating him in the face. That caused Wyatt to pass out. He woke up a short time later to find the suspects gone and his car and been broken into, but nothing was missing. Wyatt drove himself to Fort Hamilton Hospital for treatment, from where he called the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. Wyatt described the first male as white, wearing a dark jacket and camouflage hat, and having short facial hair. The female was also white, and had shoulder-length, dark curly hair. Both are believed to be in their 20’s. The third suspect was only described as a white male. Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating. Anyone with information on the suspects, the mini van, or anything about this incident, are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at (513) 785-1300.
Sheriff Jones says this is a reminder that everyone must always be on guard for the potential of this to happen. “It’s really sad that you try to help someone, and then you’re the one who becomes a victim,” said the Sheriff. “If you see a stranded motorist along the side of a road, your safest action would be to just use a cell phone and call law enforcement to respond to the area. Trying to help directly can obviously turn out to be a bad idea. Thank goodness this situation didn’t turn out worse than it did. It’s sad, really sad,” he concluded.