Would-Be NJ Samaritans Restrain Victim, Help Thief

The Samaritans were driving down a street in Plainfield when they saw what appeared to be a man assaulting a woman early Monday

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012  |  Updated 7:58 PM EDT
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Two men in Plainfield thought they were helping a woman who was being attacked by a man.  But it turns out the man was the victim, and the robber got away.  John Noel reports.

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Two men in Plainfield thought they were helping a woman who was being attacked by a man. But it turns out the man was the victim, and the robber got away. John Noel reports.

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Police say a thief got away after two good Samaritans grabbed the wrong person on a northern New Jersey street.
 
The Samaritans were driving down a street in Plainfield when they saw what appeared to be a man assaulting a woman early Monday.
 
But it turns out the man was walking down the street when he said the woman robbed him of about $400 in cash and a gold chain.
 
Public Safety Director Martin Hellwig tells the Courier News of Bridgewater the suspect ran off when the passing motorists intervened.
 
Investigators are using videotape to try to identify the suspect.

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