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Good Samaritan Stops To Help After Witnessing Crash, Gets Carjacked

Rowan County, NC – Police have arrested a North Carolina man who carjacked a good Samaritan on Friday after she stopped to help him after a car crash.

The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the 2800-block of East Ridge Road in Rowan County, the Salisbury Post reported.

A 24-year-old woman saw a car run off the road and crash into the woods, so she pulled into a nearby driveway to stop and check on the people inside the wrecked vehicle, WBTV reported.

The police report said that before the woman could get out of her car, the driver of the crashed vehicle approached her car, totally covered in blood.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Major John Sifford told reporters that the bloody man – later identified as 48-year-old Wilbert Junior Harris of Mocksville – opened the good Samaritan’s door, grabbed her by the hair, and then dragged her out of her vehicle, the Salisbury Post reported.

The woman’s passenger escaped from the other side of the car before Harris jumped in it and fled.

Police said Harris drove the woman’s 2007 Ford Focus through a yard and headed toward Ellis Crossroads, WBTV reported.

Rowan County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and were assisting the good Samaritan and her passenger when Salisbury police officers arrived on the scene, too.

It turned out the vehicle that Harris ran off the roadway had been stolen from his sister earlier in the day in Salisbury, the Salisbury Post reported.

Harris later returned to his sister’s home in Mocksville with cuts on his face, nose, and head.

The sheriff’s department said he told his sister that he had been “assaulted by some Mexican guys” but that he planned to go back and get her car, the Salisbury Post reported.

Maj. Sifford said that Harris was ultimately arrested on Saturday after he caused a disturbance at his mother’s home in Davie County.

Authorities also recovered the vehicle that Harris had stolen from the good Samaritan at the same time, WBTV reported.

Harris was arrested and booked into jail in Davie County.

He was held in custody in lieu of a $21,000 bond, according to WBTV.

Rowan County sheriff’s deputies have charged Harris with felony larceny and assault on a female.

Harris has a lengthy criminal history that included convictions for indecent liberties with a minor, fleeing arrest, assault, and robbery, the Salisbury Post reported.

He is a registered sex offender.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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