Good Samaritans assaulted while trying to stop robbery

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Two people were assaulted while they tried to stop a robbery that occurred in the 800 block of West Fourth Street early Sunday morning.

Police responded to a reported assault near West Fourth Street and Burke Street involving two suspects. When officers arrived, they noticed a suspect that matched description provided by the victims climbing a fence near the 900 block of Brookstown Ave.

Two suspects, Albert Junior Potts and Christopher Dasean Jones, were quickly detained.

Following an investigation, officers determined the victims were standing near the 800 block of West Fourth Street when they were approached by the suspects.

The suspects demanded a ring from one of the victims. When the victim refused to give the suspects the ring, he was struck in the face and knocked to the ground.

The suspects also took the victim’s cell phone.

Jones demanded a ring Johnson was wearing.  When Johnson refused to give him the ring, Jones punched Johnson in the face, knocking him to the ground.  Jones continued to assault Johnson and robbed him of his cell phone.

The other victim was then hit in the back of head.

During the assault, two eyewitnesses yelled at the suspects to stop the attack. The suspects then went and assaulted the two witnesses. 

Jones and Potts were charged with two counts of common law robbery, assault and battery and assault on a female.  They are being held under a $50,000 bond pending a court date on July 13th.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 727-2800.