Good Samaritan carjacked by wrecked driver he was helping

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - No good deed goes unpunished, and police said a Brookhaven man learned that the hard way Thursday morning while trying to help a car crash victim.
 

Gustavo Carmona told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik he was driving south on Ga. 400 at the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs when he saw a BMW lose control and crash into the median wall.
 
“I thought he needed help, you know?” Carmona said. “I just stopped a little bit and asked, ‘Are you OK?’”
 
Carmona said he was shocked when the driver got out of the wrecked car, pointed a gun at his head and demanded his van.
 
“I thought he was going to kill me, and now I say, ‘Thank you God, I lived,’” he said.
 
Sandy Springs police recovered Carmona’s van Friday morning in Gwinnett County, and tell Petchenik the wrecked BMW left them several clues.
 
“We recovered several weapons, a machete and a good bit of ammunition as well,” said Captain Steve Rose.
 
Rose said the BMW was also not stolen, so police believe they know who owns it and are following up to see if that was the carjacking suspect. He said what happened to Carmona should serve as a warning for others eager to help.
 
“We don’t tell people don’t stop and help, because that’s what we want them to do,” he said.  “But, we want you to be aware that things like this could happen and that you approach cautiously.”