OLATHE, Kan. – A Good Samaritan pulls over to help a stranded driver in Olathe, but what happened next took more than just the money he carried from him.
He says he stopped to help a young couple stranded on the side of Old 56 Highway Tuesday afternoon, but was robbed at gunpoint instead.
“The gentleman was out here trying to flag people down,” said Troy Altic, who was out running some errands for work on a hectic Tuesday afternoon.
Altic says it was then that he saw a couple seemingly stranded, and without thinking twice he pulled over to help.
“I just thought I could help them make a quick phone call or make a phone call for them,” he said.
Altic rolled down his window and asked if he could help the young couple. That’s when he noticed something wasn’t right.
“He just told me I just want anything you got of value. That pretty much caught me off guard.”
Within seconds, the man pulled a gun out of his waistband and told Altic to empty his wallet. In broad daylight, with cars seemingly so close but so far, Altic says a man robbed him with gun in hand.
“Oh my gosh. Is this really gonna be it?” Altic recalled.
Altic didn’t think he would survive the encounter, but fortunately he did. Within a matter of 30 seconds, he was robbed of more than $100 and the young couple ended up drove off in a black Honda Accord.
“He could've just as simply shot me and left me here. Thankfully that wasn't his mission,” Altic said.
But the “Bonnie and Clyde” like couple got away with more than just Altic’s cash, they stole a bit of his generous spirit too. Altic says next time, he will think twice.
“This happened in broad daylight. You can't just assume you'll be safe,” he said.
If you happened to have been driving on Old 56 Highway Tuesday afternoon, detectives would like to talk to you. They ask anyone with information to call the Olathe Police Department at (913) 971-7500.
Officers are also urging drivers, instead of stopping to help, to instead call 911.