• Man attacked, robbed by assailants posing as stranded motorists


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte father was attacked and robbed when he tried to help a stranded driver in south Charlotte and the assailants are still on the loose.
    The victim told Channel 9 he saw a car with its hazard lights on Sharon Lane so he stopped to help.
    But he said his good deed quickly turned terrifying when the stranded motorists jumped him from behind.
    Mauricio Maeda suffered cuts and bruises 10 days ago and they still cover his face and body.
    Being a mechanic, he was just trying to help a stranded motorist at night waving for help on the side of Sharon Lane.

    “I asked him what was going on and he told me,” Maeda said. “He asked for charger cables and I told them I do have one.”               
    As the 27-year-old father of two went to get the jumper cables he said another man came from behind and hit him in the back of the head with a bottle. Then both men pulled out a gun, attacked him and robbed him.
    Maeda said he thought he was going to die and could only think of his two girls at home.

    Now he can’t work because of his injuries.

    “I always said to myself, ‘I was never going to help’ because I hear stories from other people and now I'm part of them.”
    The victim said police did find the car the attackers were driving but they have not made any arrests. 

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