Police lights (file photo)
Hide Caption

Good Samaritan attacked while trying to help driver

a a a a
Share this story

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.

Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

More Butler County News
TriHealth to expand Bethesda Butler Hospital
TriHealth to expand Bethesda Butler Hospital

A multi-million dollar expansion this spring at a Butler County hospital will bring with it increased health care options for patients and…

Residents want New Miami mayor to resign
Residents want New Miami mayor to resign

The New Miami police chief is on paid administrative leave after the village's mayor filed charges to remove him from office and local…

Scariest ride may be getting to Kings Island
Scariest ride may be getting to Kings Island

The intersection that feeds thrill seekers into Kings Island is among top crash sites in the county, a WCPO analysis found.

Fairfield teacher's racial comment ends his job
Fairfield teacher's racial comment ends his job

The Fairfield City School District reached the decision Thursday evening to terminate a teacher's contract, after his racial comment…

When new one opens, where do Krogers go to die?
When new one opens, where do Krogers go to die?

A new Kroger Marketplace opens Thursday in Northern Kentucky. But what does that mean for its old store, right next door?

Police say they know who stabbed teen to death
Police say they know who stabbed teen to death

Fairfield police say they know who stabbed 15-year-old Chelsea Johnson to death almost exactly two years ago.

Hamilton PD: Beware new high pressure mail scam
Hamilton PD: Beware new high pressure mail scam

Hamilton police warn people to be wary of a new high-pressure scam being perpetrated through both the United State Postal Service and follow…

Two years later, no arrests in teen's death
Two years later, no arrests in teen's death

Tuesday marked two years since 15-year-old Chelsea Johnson went missing. The Fairfield teen would later be found stabbed to death in a creek.

3 teens arrested for Liberty Twp. chemical bombs
3 teens arrested for Liberty Twp. chemical bombs

Detectives of the Butler County Sheriff's Office have made three arrests in connection to chemical reaction bombs found outside Liberty…

Man's death along bike path puzzles police
Man's death along bike path puzzles police

Officers say they are struggling to figure out the details behind the death of a 25-year-old Middletown man.