A Trenton man is recovering after being assaulted while trying to help a broken down motorist.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office said 46-year-old Damon Wyatt was attacked at about 11 p.m. Friday on Augspurger Road near Gephart Road in St. Clair Township.
Investigators said Wyatt noticed a man and a woman standing outside a broken-down minivan and pulled over to help.
Wyatt told deputies that the couple indicated they needed a jump and he got out to pop his hood open.
While doing that, a third person came up behind Wyatt and started to choke him, according to deputies. The first man then began to his Wyatt in the face.
When Wyatt woke up, the trio who attacked him were gone and he could tell his vehicle had been rifled through. Wyatt said he didn’t notice anything missing and his wallet was still intact as it was hidden inside the vehicle.
Deputies said Wyatt drove himself to Fort Hamilton Hospital and then called the Sheriff’s office.
Investigators said Wyatt believes the attackers were all in their 20s.
Sheriff Butch Jones said the incident is a reminder that people should be on their guard for such possibilities.
"It's really sad that you try to help someone, and then you're the one who becomes a victim," Jones said in a release. "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.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at (513) 785-1300.