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Men target Good Samaritans in Lee County

LEESBURG, Ga. -- A man lying in a Lee County country road looked like a crash victim. Instead he was one of two gunmen on the prowl for victims at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday night.

Lee County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two armed men who lured an unsuspecting would-be Good Samaritan and his daughter to stop on Oakland Road. They escaped unharmed.

An investigation report described the man in the road as white, with short dark hair, about 35 to 40 years old, wearing a camouflage field coat.

There was another armed suspect sitting in a Ford pickup along the road involved in the ruse. His description: white, wearing a cap and about the same age as the first man.

According to the report, James Arthur Phillips came to the Sheriff's office at 11:45 a.m. Thursday to report the attack.

Phillips said he was driving his 2007 Toyota Tundra east on Oakland Road less than a mile from Palmyra Road when he spotted what looked like a wreck. A man was lying in the roadway. Another man was on a cell phone in a pickup that sat partially in the road at the end of dirt that could have come from a skid.

Phillips, with his 18-year-old daughter Kendra in the passenger seat, stopped to offer aide to what he believed was an injured man.

"The man that was lying in the roadway jumped up and rushed toward the vehicle with a pistol in his hand," the report stated. "At the same time, the other man (from the truck) rushed the passenger side of Phillips' truck and attempted to open the right side door."

The passenger door was locked. Phillips quickly drove away. The gunmen did not follow.

"This is the first time we have had this type of incident," said Sheriff's Lt. Col. Chris Owens. "First and foremost, the sheriff wants people to protect themselves. Call 911 whatever jurisdiction you are in. They will take the appropriate action."

Anyone with additional information on these men is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at (229) 759-6012.