PULASKI, Va. -- Authorities in Virginia say that a “brave Samaritan” inflicted life-threatening injuries on the suspect of a gas station robbery despite being pistol-whipped by the would-be robber.
The Roanoke Times reports that Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin Griffith issued a news release on Thursday that praised the man.
Authorities said they charged David Lee Simpkins with armed robbery. He was hospitalized.
Griffith said Simpkins entered the gas station Monday wearing a wig and a mask and pointed a pistol at the clerk.
Griffith said the “good Samaritan” was unarmed when he took on Simpkins and suffered his own injuries in the fight.