Plainfield Thief Escapes When Good Samaritans Stop Wrong Person
PLAINFIELD — Police say a thief got away after two good Samaritans grabbed the wrong person on a Union County street.
The Samaritans were driving down West Front Street in Plainfield when they saw what appeared to be a man assaulting a woman early Monday.This is the counter to a good chunk of those "what would you do" arguments. This is why my CCW is for my protection and not the protection of others, because you never know:
But it turns out the man was walking down the street when he said the woman robbed him of about $400 in cash and a gold chain.See? The "good Samaritans" intervened, apparently on behalf of the woman - who proceeded to get away. So in their zeal to help - which is admirable - they jumped to conclusions and let the real goblin get away. It's a good thing that neither was carrying (we'll pretend that this happened somewhere other than NJ, where a legal concealed carry permit holder is about as rare as Santa Claus). Imagine if they had held the man at gunpoint? Imagine if they had handed the chain over to the woman, thinking they were giving her back her property? They might have found themselves charged with armed robbery...
I know, this is the exception rather than the rule - but it does happen. We are not cops. It is not our duty to intervene in disputes - and we are 100% liable if we make the wrong decision. I don't know if the motorists will face any charges - but an overzealous DA could certainly cost them a good chunk of money defending themselves. If the man that they grabbed decided to press charges, they could be in a world of hurt. It could have been even worse if they had intervened while armed.
Just more food for thought for those of us that take responsibility for our own security...
That is all.