BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A man was robbed and assaulted after stopping to help a woman who appeared to be stranded early Wednesday morning in Burlington.
The victim told police he stopped his car in the intersection of South Ireland and Washington streets when a woman flagged him down just before 2 a.m.
As the victim waited for her to approach his car to explain her dilemma, two men with handguns also approached his car.
According to police, the victim was assaulted by one of the suspects while the other went through his pockets. The suspects stole the victim’s car keys, wallet, an undisclosed amount of money and his cell phone.
The suspects ran away. They didn’t take the victim’s car, but they did take his keys so he was stranded until he was able to flag down a police officer.
“If you ever don’t feel comfortable stopping, just call the police. We’ll get a car over there as quickly as we can and look into the situation to see if whoever is trying to flag you down is okay,” advised Burlington P.D. Assistant Chief Chris Verdeck.
He tells FOX8 they believe the incident could also be connected to a second robbery an hour earlier. That one happened at Burlington’s Econolodge hotel off the interstate.
Verdeck said a woman knocked on a hotel room door. When the family answered, she and two men barged in and robbed them.
The victims in both cases were Hispanic. Police released an alert Wednesday in Spanish and English to pass around the community.
Police are still looking for the following suspects:
- Female: Mid-20s; 5 feet, 4 inches tall; thin build and wearing all black
- Male: Early 20s, wearing all black and carrying a semi-automatic handgun
- Male: Early 20s; 5 feet, 4 inches tall; muscular build; short hair and wearing all black
Police believe the robberies were random.
Anyone with information on this or any other incident is encouraged to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-2500 or Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100.