• Driver attacked, robbed helping woman on Interstate 40


    BURKE COUNTY, S.C. - The entrance ramp onto Interstate 40 near Valdese is where one driver said he was attacked.

    On Wednesday night, that driver is second guessing his decision to stop at the same spot and offer help.

    "That was the jumper cables I was getting right there," said Jacky Workman.

    Workman shows Eyewitness News the jumper cables he had gone to get from his SUV after finding a woman broken down along an entrance ramp onto I-40.

    Deputies believe a second person working with the woman was hiding in the woods nearby then hit Workman on the back of the head.

    "I don't know. I guess you can't trust anyone no more," said Workman.

    Two other drivers found Workman knocked out near his SUV. When he came to, his money and medication were gone.

    "Pretty lowdown. Pretty lowdown to do that," said driver Dale Huffsttler.

    "I had to flag down this other gentleman because i was afraid to get out. I'm old and I don't get out by myself," said driver Donald Maltba.

    Deputies said the woman had blonde hair, was nicely dressed and was driving a blue Ford Bronco II.

    They searched the interstate but couldn't find her, the SUV or the second person they believe was involved in the ambush.

    "Do you think you will stop again in the future if someone needs help? I'll think twice," said Workman.

    Deputies said when they searched the woods along the entrance ramp they could clearly see the area they believe the person was hiding before the attack.

    Anyone with information on the case should call the Burke County Sheriff's office.

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