Crime & Courts

Man robbed, assaulted after stopping for stranded motorist along I-85

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for two suspects who posed as stranded motorists Wednesday night and then robbed and assaulted the man who stopped to help them.

The victim was driving south on Interstate 85 in University City around 9 p.m. when he saw a black pickup on the shoulder with its flashers on, near Mallard Creek Church Road, police said.

A woman was standing at the rear of the truck with a gas can, and when the victim got out of his vehicle to help, a man approached from the tree line and pointed a gun at the victim, police said.

The male suspect assaulted the victim and took an undisclosed amount of property before both suspects fled in their truck, police said.

The victim called 911 and was treated by Medic at the scene for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The male suspect is described by police as black, approximately 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches and roughly 180 pounds with short dreadlocks. He was wearing a black hoodie and black pants.

The female suspect is described as white, approximately 30 years old, 5 feet 4 inches and about 110 pounds with blond hair. She was wearing a gray T-shirt.

CMPD asks the public to remember these safety tips:

• Never pick up hitchhikers.

• If you suspect something is wrong, don’t stop.

• If someone appears to be stranded, notify the police rather than stopping to assist.

• Keep vehicle doors locked and windows up when driving or parked.

• If an armed person asks for your car or keys, surrender them immediately.

Anyone with information about this case or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.