GSO Man Almost Robbed While Trying To Help Woman

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro man says he is reconsidering who he can trust after he says helping an old friend nearly cost him his life.

Police responded to an attempted robbery in the Hampton Homes neighborhood early Thursday morning. Police say Frank Kelly opened his door to help a woman who said she needed water for an overheated car. Kelly told police he knew the woman, but not very well. He says the woman then asked to use his phone charger which was in his bedroom.

Kelly says as he was in the bedroom, three white males entered his house. Police say Kelly reported one of the men had a handgun and demanded money. One of the suspects punched Kelly in the face about the time he was trying to flee to the bedroom. Police say the suspects left in a white sedan.

Kelly says he's learned a tough lesson - you never know who you can trust.

"Yes you can help someone and yes we do encourage everyone to help each other, but you want to do that in the safest way possible," said Officer E.Y. Watkins, Greensboro Police Department.

Officer Watkins says it might sound like common sense, but do not ever open your door to someone you do not know. She says you can speak to the person through the door and if it's an emergency call 911.

"Nowadays you just have to be really safe, you have to be really safe about it because there are people out here that are very, very slick and they say and do things counting on you to do just what they want you to do," explained Officer Watkins.

Another tip - Watkins says to ask a lot of questions. Before you agree to help, find out exactly what this person needs.

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Police are asking anyone with information about the attempted robbery to call CrimeStoppers at 336-373-1000.


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