CLAVET, Sask. — A Saskatchewan woman says she may never stop to help a stranger on the highway ever again after she and a friend were attacked on the weekend.
Kristen Alm says they were headed toward home about 3 a.m. on Saturday when they noticed a rolled-over SUV and saw a group of people waving for help.
But when the Good Samaritans pulled over, they were dragged from their vehicle and beaten by the group, who then stole the friend's car and drove off.
Five people, including three teens, face multiple charges in the carjacking.
The group is also accused in two armed robberies near Clavet before rolling the SUV, which police say was stolen.
They were arrested in North Battleford, Sask., following a police chase that started in the north end of Saskatoon.
"At first she thought maybe "it was an accident or a joke."
Although an RCMP news release stated the women were not injured, Alm says she has two fractured ribs, a contusion on her knee and a scratched-up leg while her friend has a concussion from hitting her head on the pavement.
She says at first she thought maybe "it was an accident or a joke."
“I put one foot out of the car and I was pulled out, pushed down, kicked and I couldn't quite believe it," she says, recalling hearing her friend scream.
“She had a gun pointed at her head. They were trying to take her cellphone and her wallet. She was pleading with them that she has little kids."
As the attackers sped away, Alm got on her cell phone and called police. Then, she noticed the car turn around and head back toward them.
The women ran into the ditch, making sure to stay close to a fence.
“I was just terrified thinking 'they're coming back! They're coming back!' and my friend, she was thinking in her head at that time that they know we've seen them, they're going to come back and they're going to shoot us,” Alm recalls.
But she says the car drove past them because they were hiding as still as they could under some bushes.
“I was just terrified thinking 'they're coming back! They're coming back!"
The women eventually made it to Clavet and sought refuge in the motel, Alm says.
Although she has stopped to help people stranded on the side of the road in the past, now she'll think twice.
"I think that I would just call 911 and tell them what I've seen and keep on going," she says, adding it's a sad reality.
"Nobody wants to feel that you can't help somebody."
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