Man beaten by pair posing as stranded motorists

Posted at: 04/02/2014 6:36 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When you see someone stranded on the side of the highway, as New Mexicans, many of us want to stop and help them out.

But when one man in Roswell did that, he stepped into a really bad situation.

Dustin Briggs was driving to his job in Roswell. It was 2:30 a.m. when he saw a man on the side of the highway flagging for help.

“He said that his girlfriend and his kid were in the car and they were stranded out here without gas and they were just trying to make it through town," said Briggs.

The man told Briggs he had a gas can in his car.

Briggs offered to get gas for the stranger.

But as Briggs got out to get the gas can, "another guy jumped out and hit me in the face with a tire iron, is what we're guessing," said Briggs.

While Briggs lay on the ground unconscious, his laptop, iPod, and wallet were stolen from his car.

The men continued to beat him up while he was out.

“When I come to, I tried to get up, I got kicked in the face by the guy," said Briggs.

And the horror didn’t end there.

“As soon as I ran over to the car, I got right around the car door, and that's whenever I got stabbed," said Briggs.

Briggs says he managed to get in his driver’s seat and speed away.

He called 911 as he drove himself to the hospital with a stab wound.

Briggs suffered from several broken bones and part of his tooth is broken.

He is still recovering.

“You know it’s kind of human nature to actually help people out, but in this case, I would never do it again I don't think," said Briggs.

Briggs only remembers what one of the attackers looked like.

But he could only give a vague description.

Briggs says it was a Hispanic male who was wearing all black clothing and a black Raiders jersey.

Chaves County deputies are warning drivers to be careful while on the road.