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Good Samaritan car-jacked after stopping to help crash victim

NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A South Bend man is accused of car-jacking a Good Samaritan who pulled over to help him following a crash.

Indiana State Police say just before 6:30 a.m. Monday, Victor Cihonksi Jr., 61, crashed his car in Newton County on US 41 near CR 300 W.

A Good Samaritan pulled over to help, but police say Cihonksi pulled out a weapon and forced the driver to take him away from the crash.

Then, Cihonksi reportedly let the man go a few miles away and drove off with the car-jacked vehicle.

A trooper working in the area heard the dispatch description of the stolen car and spotted the vehicle in question along eastbound US 30.

He tried to pull the driver over, but Cihonksi refused to stop.

Police said Cihonksi tried to make a right turn, but took it too fast and ended up in the ditch.

Police took Cihonski to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

He was taken and incarcerated at Lake County Jail in Crown Point and charged with Operating While Intoxicated (Controlled Substance), Reckless Driving, Resisting Law Enforcement (Vehicle), and weapon charges.

Cihonski is also facing several felony charges from the Newton County Sheriff’s Department related to the car-jacking.

Cihonski is also being held in connection with the armed robberies that occurred in Cedar Lake and Lowell.  Formal charges are to be determined by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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