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Good Samaritan Lured Into Trap & Beaten Unconscious — But What He Noticed When He Woke Up Might Perplex You

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"Trying to help directly can obviously turn out to be a bad idea."

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A good Samaritan in Ohio was lured into an apparent trap Friday night and beaten unconscious by the very people he was trying to help — but what the man noticed when he woke surprised him.

Damon Wyatt, 46, said he was driving around 11 p.m. in Butler County when he noticed a minivan on the side of the road and a man and woman positioned next to it asking for a "jump," according to WLWT.

Wyatt pulled over, opened the hood of the couple's car and began going through the motions to "jump" the vehicle.

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That's when he says a third individual approached him from behind and began choking him. Then, according to Wyatt, the first man began striking him in the face.

When he woke up, the three individuals were gone, but Wyatt noticed something odd. Nothing appeared to have been stolen.

[sharequote align="center"]The suspects had appeared to have ransacked his vehicle, but taken nothing, including his wallet.[/sharequote]

According to Wyatt, the suspects had appeared to have ransacked his vehicle, but taken nothing — including his wallet.

He then drove to the hospital for treatment and reported the incident to authorities. Wyatt described the couple he initially stopped for as young individuals probably in their 20s.

Now, police in the area are warning motorists to contact authorities if they see stranded motorists on the side of the road instead of stopping to help.

“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," Sheriff Richard Jones said.

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