A teenager came face-to-face with a dangerous gunman, still on the run Saturday, as the suspect evaded police after a robbery and crime spree.
Andrew Greer and his father, Kevin, had no idea who they were dealing with when they stopped to help a driver who veered off the road in the 7600 block of Hooes Road.
"He went up and over an embankment and I immediately got on the phone with 911, Kevin Greer said. "At that point, I had asked my son to go over and make sure this individual was all right."
It turns out the man had just robbed the Dubai Jewelry store in the Brookfield Plaza shopping center on Backlick Road. Police said when an officer responded, the suspect opened fire and got in a gun battle with the officer in the parking lot. Police said the officer wasn't hurt, but a passing motorist was shot by the suspect. That person is expected to survive.
From there, police said the suspect took off in a getaway car, crashed that vehicle not too far from the shopping center, then carjacked a driver. It was when the suspect crashed that stolen car that Kevin and Andrew spotted him.
Andrew said he walked over and asked if the man was OK.
"He wasn't making eye contact," Andrew said. "He wasn't really saying anything too loud. He was trying to avoid the conversation.
He said he didn't even get a good look at the man.
"It was all very sudden," Andrew said. "I was only over there maybe 30 seconds, and of that 30 seconds, I only saw him for about three before he turned around and started getting his stuff."
He said the man grabbed a bag, and took off. Just minutes later, police arrived.
As of late Saturday night, the man was still on the run.
Police described the suspect as a black man thought to be between 20 and 30 years old. Investigators said he may have changed his clothes, but initially, he was wearing all brown clothing. He is believed to be armed with a handgun.
The Greers said even though what happened was chilling, they won't let it stop them from being Good Samaritans I. The future.
"I would do the same," Kevin said. "I would always help those in need."