Monday, March 3, 2008

You can help me by ... handing over your cash

After Christmas, I blogged about helping strangers, weird-acting strangers who seem to be in need, just too peculiar for you to step right up and say “sure, how can I help?”

I got a lot of good feedback from readers. One clever person even sent me a sound file of a little voice saying “help me help me.” I wonder if the sender knew I would recognize the creepy insect voice of Jeff Goldblum from that movie “The Fly.”

It isn’t as easy as seeing a person in distress and jumping up to help. It’s really a head-scratching judgment call these days. It’s risky and sometimes you have little time to gauge that risk before you choose to help? Maybe you won’t have time to even choose whether you want to help or not.

That’s what happened to one truck driver who was robbed at gunpoint Sunday after two hoodlums asked the trucker for help. The good news is the trucker wasn’t killed, and the bad news is the crum-bums are on the loose.

It seems the trucker was at a southbound Interstate 65 rest stop northern Clark County, IN. It was early in the morning, about 5:30 a.m., when it happened. The Indiana State Police reported that the trucker, who drives for an Indianapolis-based freight company, reported he was walking around his tractor-trailer when he spotted two men.

Here’s a guy on the job, taking care of business and here come a couple of dudes asking him for help, claiming their vehicle was “out of gas.”

Before the truck driver was able to say anything, one of the men jerked out a gun and demanded money from him. After the robbery, they hightailed it.

According to the police, the trucker was not able to provide any vehicle description. Both suspects are black, approximately 6 feet tall, of medium build, and were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call ISP Sellersburg Trooper Matt Marshall at 812-246-5424.

Kentuckiana Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Reach that group at 502-582-CLUE.