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CINCINNATI – A  good Samaritan received less than his just reward after stopping to help a “damsel in distress” Monday morning in Walnut Hills.

Shane Oney, of Ludlow, Ky., reported he was robbed at gunpoint after stopping to help a woman screaming in the middle of Concord Street at about 7:15 a.m.

"I mean, she's in dead middle of the road and I'm like, OK, if this was my wife or sister I'd want someone to stop and help so I tried to be nice. I rolled my window down four inches," said Oney.

Oney told police he stopped to help the woman, but once he stepped outside of his vehicle, a male hiding nearby held him up at gunpoint.

"He came out of nowhere...bushes... and stuck a gun to my neck and told me to unlock the doors. If I didn't unlock the doors, he'd go and blast me then."

Oney said a third suspect jumped into the passenger seat of his vehicle and took $65 out of his center console.

"I got my wallet and handed it to the guy and he started raging, 'You're broke!' 'I tried to tell you this. There's no money in there.' So about that time he jumps out and they take off running."

A search for the three individuals in the immediate area came up empty.

Cincinnati police say this type of robbery is unusual.

"So for people to be wanting to help others, we encourage that... If nothing else, if you feel uncomfortable, please call 911 and we can take it from there," said Captain Michael Neville.

Walnut Hills business owner Ron Shaffer says the area is getting worse. Shaffer has run Integrity Auto Repair, LLC on Concord Street for the past 10 years.

"I've seen drug deals done on the street pretty frequently," said Shaffer.

Police are investigating whether or not the woman screaming for help was used as bait to get someone's attention. Oney said he believes she was.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.
 

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