MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A man who was just trying to help what he thought was a stranded motorist early Wednesday morning ended up robbed and in the hospital.
State Police said Dallas Scott Shaffer, 18, is facing charges after the attack on Route 119 in Monongalia County. Troopers said Shaffer’s vehicle had allegedly broken down along the road when David Epsztein stopped to see if he could help. Epsztein told troopers Shaffer was using an aluminum baseball bat as a crow bar, looking for a set of jumper cables under a large load of scrap metal he was hauling.
Epsztein offered his cell phone and jumper cables. Shaffer used Epsztein’s phone and thanked him for the help. However, as Epsztein walked away, Shaffer allegedly hit Epsztein in the head with the bat and demanded his wallet. Troopers said Shaffer hit Epsztein at least three times before stealing his wallet and cell phone. He fled the scene and was eventually apprehended on Interstate 79.
Epsztein was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for head injuries.
Shaffer has been charged with malicious wounding, armed robbery and being a fugitive from justice in Marion County.