Good Samaritan nearly car-jacked after stopping to help

RANDOLPH, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Good Samaritan nearly lost his vehicle after stopping to see if a man working on a minivan needed assistance.

The Good Samaritan approached the man around 6 a.m. on Thursday as he was working on a minivan at the corner of County Route 9 Cold Spring Road and Ireland Road in the Town of Randolph.

State Police say the man turned around holding a knife and demanded the Good Samaritan’s wallet and car keys. The Good Samaritan was able to escape to his vehicle following a brief struggle.

Troopers say the suspect then got into the side of his vehicle, described as a newer black minivan with Pennsylvania plates and a red peace symbol on the rear window, and left the scene.

The man is described as black and in his 30s with a thin build. He stands around 5’10” and was wearing a black hoodie and a NY Yankees baseball cap.

The woman driving the minivan is described as white and heavyset. She has brown hair and was wearing a purple shirt.

Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call State Police at 665-3114. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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