South side woman robbed by armed man she was 'just trying to help'

Beth said she was just trying to help the man who robbed her yesterday. (Photo: WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A young south side mother will think twice before offering help to a stranger after a man pointed a gun at her head.

“I asked him 'do you need a ride, you need help?'” Beth said.

She asked us not to use her last name.

It was just after midnight as Beth started driving home from a friend's house near 52nd and Keystone.

Something told Beth to stop and check on a man in his 30s to mid-40s walking down the block. She had a feeling he needed help.

Beth offered him a ride. When the man got into the car, he directed Beth to turn down some neighborhood streets and alleys.

They eventually ended up in a dark, unpaved alley near 50th and Evanston.

“I’m pretty sure he said something along the lines of 'you know what I’m going to do now,'" Beth said.

Her car, at that point, could not be seen from the street.

“That’s when he decided he was going to pull a gun on me, and I can still feel it. I can still feel the cold barrel next to my head. It was a short-barreled revolver. It was black." she said.

The man took Beth’s cash, a $20 bill, then took off. Beth drove away then waved down an officer on Keystone to report the robbery.

The impact of what happened in that alley is still hitting Beth, especially as to how it could’ve changed her whole family’s world.

“I have three young children,” she said. “Everything I do, I do for them. They love me and I love them. They’d miss me if I was gone, I know they would,” she said through a mother’s tears. “I don’t want this happening to my daughters. Nobody should ever be afraid to stop and offer help to somebody in the fear that they are going to get carjacked, killed or raped or something. Nobody should have that fear.“

But after those fearful moments, Beth, who says she has a helping nature, will think twice.

“Just be wary,” she advises other helpers out there. “Think about where you’re at. It was stupidity on my part and I shouldn’t have done it.“

And she has a message for her assailant.

“I definitely want him to think twice before he tries to hurt somebody again because it’s not right. If you’re that hard up for money, there are options out there, there are people who are willing to help you. You don’t have to go and rob people. There’s no reason for it. “We should not live in a society where it should be a second thought and not a first thought to stop and help somebody.“

She says the suspect is between 5’8” and 5’10” tall, between 180 and 200 pounds and was wearing a gray hoodie with navy or black sweat pants. He had a goatee and deep age lines under his eyes.

If you have information, call IMPD or Crimestoppers at (317) 262-TIPS

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