HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A 73-year-old man was injured during a carjacking Thursday in Hampton — all because he tried to help two people.
Hampton police say the man noticed a man and woman were sitting underneath the hot sun at a Hampton bus stop in the Coliseum Crossings area. He asked them if they wanted a ride.
“When he ended up doing was actually taking them to a church so they could get assistance for some food,” said Hampton police Cpl. Ashley Jenrette.
The men then drove the pair to the Waffle House on West Mercury Boulevard.
“The victim then got out of the car and started towards the restaurant,” Cpl. Jenrette said.
That’s when the passenger jumped from the passenger side to the driver’s side and sped off — but not before hitting the 73-year-old with the open door on the way out.
“The victim grabbed one of the suspects because the door was open in an attempt to stop them from taking his vehicle,” said Jenrette.
Police say the elderly man was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries described as not life-threatening.
“You go about it thinking you are helping someone and they take advantage and in this case, even hurt you,” Cpl. Jenrette said.
Police tell us they don’t have much of a description on the two suspects. The stolen vehicle is a 1995 two-door, maroon Mercury Cougar with Virginia plates JCD-2292, according to police.
If you see this car or have information on the incident, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.