Monday, February 21, 2011

Lost motorist attacked with hammer

Marc Brown was lost and driving around Gastonia, North Carolina, but wrong directions were quickly the least of his worries. Two men attacked Brown after he stepped out of his car to help them, leaving him with several missing teeth and a concussion, NBC affiliate WCNC reports.

Brown became lost during the early morning hours when his GPS gave him wrong directions. He pulled over when a pair of men were signaling for help, but soon found himself in significant trouble after he got out of the car. He told police one of the men threatened to shoot him while the other attacked him with what was later determined to be a hammer, according to the news source.

"People use what's handy to them, whatever's available, whenever they decide to do an assault like that," Sgt. Jeff Clark with the Gastonia Police Department told the outlet.

Those who are concerned about falling victim to a similar fate may want to arm themselves with pepper spray to improve their personal safety. The device has shown to make it difficult for a potential assailant to see and breathe, allowing for a victim to get to safety. 

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