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Prosecutor: 'Brave Samaritan' took on, injured armed robber

Posted at 10:47 AM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 10:47:17-04

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.