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Man attacked while trying to help stranded driver

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ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

Authorities say a man was assaulted after pulling over to help a broken down vehicle on the side of the road.

According to the Butler County Sheriff's Office, 46-year-old Damon Wyatt, of Trenton, was driving along Augspurger Road near Gephart Road in St. Clair Township around 11 p.m. Friday. He spotted a dark-colored minivan on the side of the road with a male and female standing next to it. 

The suspects stated they needed a "jump," and indicated they had cables. 

Wyatt pulled his vehicle to face the front of the van, and opened the hood. He said that's when a third suspect came up from behind and tried to choke him. 

Authorities said while being choked, the first male suspect began to Wyatt in the face. When he woke up a short time later, all the suspects were gone. 

He could tell that someone had gone through his vehicle, but he didn't notice anything missing.

Wyatt then drove himself to Fort Hamilton Hospital for treatment and reported the incident to sheriff's deputies.

The first suspect was described as a white male wearing a dark jacket and camouflage hat with short facial hair.  The female was also white and had shoulder-length, dark curly hair. Both are believed to be in their 20's. The third suspect was only described as a white male. 

Detectives with the Butler County Sheriff's Office are investigating. 

Anyone with information on the suspects, the minivan or anything about this incident should call the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center at (513) 785-1300.

Sheriff Jones says this is a reminder that everyone must always be on guard for the potential of this to happen. 

"It's really sad that you try to help someone, and then you're the one who becomes a victim," said Jones.  "If you see a stranded motorist along the side of a road, your safest action would be to just use a cell phone and call law enforcement to respond to the area.  Trying to help directly can obviously turn out to be a bad idea.  Thank goodness this situation didn't turn out worse than it did.  It's sad, really sad."

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