Good Samaritan duped, pistol-whipped and carjacked in East Palo Alto

A man was giddy to accept his good Samaritan prize — a rock of cocaine — for helping out a teenage driver with a broken down car in East Palo Alto.

But instead of scoring the rock, the duped Samaritan was pistol-whipped and carjacked by the thug in distress on Monday, prosecutors in San Mateo County say.

Police arrested 17-year-old Deontae Murphy in connection with the ungrateful beating and robbery of a man who offered a helping hand.

The victim pulled over and offered help to Murphy and another man as they worked on a broken down car, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Murphy asked for a ride to Wisteria Drive in East Palo Alto, saying he would “give him a rock of cocaine for his trouble,” Wagstaffe said. The victim agreed.

When they reached their destination, Murphy went into the house then allegedly returned moments later with an accomplice and a semiautomatic handgun. The victim was pistol-whipped and robbed of his car keys, Wagstaffe said.

The victim ran to a gas station and called cops. Police identified Murphy through the help of the person who had originally been working on the broken down car, Wagstaffe said.

Cops spotted Murphy in the victim’s car. Murphy allegedly fled, but was arrested after he smashed the car into a fence, Wagstaffe said.

Murphy remains in custody. His bail was set at $300,000. His initial felony arraignment was set for Thursday in Redwood City Felony Court.

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