Updated: June 30, 2020 07:28 PM
Created: June 30, 2020 06:19 PM
TROY - It was late Sunday night when a 59-year-old woman dropped off a family member in Lansingburgh.
A 16-year-old she didn't know came up and asked her for a ride home, saying he had some trouble walking.
"Out of the kindness of her heart, she took that male in into her vehicle and started traveling to an unknown location," said Troy Police Captain Steven Barker. "It ended up being Massachusetts Avenue where she was directed. When they arrived at that location, the male said if you come inside, I'll get you some gas money."
Instead, police say, when she got out of the car, the teenager hit her from behind with a heavy blunt object and viciously beat her.
"He attempted to get back into her car to get to her cellphone to flee the area, but the suspect ripped her from the vehicle," said Captain Barker.
He took her keys and cellphone and took off.
Many residents in this neighborhood said they were surprised that there was violent attack.
Someone heard her screams for help in the early morning hours and called 911.
It was only a few hours later that police found the suspect in Catskill with the vehicle and took him into custody.
His name is not being released because of his age.
The woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries all over, including cuts and broken bones.
Police say she was trying to do the right thing and give a young man a ride just to help.
"What's most troubling is that the female victim did not know the suspect and it was just an act of kindness, so it's not a condemnation of that act of kindness," said Captain Barker. "It's just a certain decision or takeaway can be there's got to be constant situational awareness of what we're doing, how we're doing it, and it's not to say that we don't offer those acts of kindness, it's just that we do so through constant decision-making."
Police say the Troy teenager is being charged with grand larceny, robbery, and assault. He's being held in juvenile detention.
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