Good Samaritan assaulted
One man is assisting police with inquiries while another remains under guard in hospital after a man was allegedly assaulted and forced to drive to Coraki when he stopped to assist two men following a crash south of Lismore last night.
At 10:50pm, a 61-year-old woman left her black Mitsubishi Lancer parked and running outside a school on Wilson Street, Lismore while she locked up the premises following a fundraising event.
The woman’s car, containing cash and cheques from the event, was then stolen and driven along Wyrallah Road.
At 11pm, an 18-year-old man was driving along Wyrallah Road, about 5km south of Lismore, when he came across the Lancer blocking the middle of the road after it had crashed and rolled a number of times.
The man stopped at the scene and was on the phone to emergency services when he was approached by two men who exited the stolen car.
The pair allegedly assaulted the man, punching him in the face, before he was forced to drive them to Coraki. After the incident he returned to Lismore where he contacted police.
Police from Richmond Local Area Command attended the crash site where they examined the stolen Mitsubishi Lancer and recovered the cash from the fundraising event.
The man’s silver Nissan X-Trail was also seized for forensic examination.
As a result of inquiries a Coraki man was arrested this morning and taken to Lismore Police Station where he is currently assisting police.
Another man remains under police guard at hospital where he is receiving treatment for injuries allegedly sustained during the crash. Investigations into the matter are continuing.