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Woman Offered Drugs, Robbed When She Stops To Help Accident Victims

November 15, 1985

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A young woman who stopped to help a policeman and another man hurt in a two-car collision said passers-by offered to sell her drugs, then grabbed her purse and snatched a gold chain from around her neck.

The three thieves struck before Suzanne Cummings could even reach the victims, the 18-year-old said Thursday.

″I’m very bitter,″ Ms. Cummings said. ″Talk about taking advantage of a bad situation.″

Ms. Cummings was heading home at 12:30 a.m. Thursday when a car driven by Eddie Rolle hit a patrol car driven by Boynton Beach officer Ron Linkous.

″The cars smashed and were just spinning around,″ Ms. Cummings said.

She said she was sure there were serious injuries and stopped near the wrecked vehicles. But before she could get out of her car, three men rushed over and offered to sell her drugs.

When she refused, one man opened the unlocked passenger door of her car and grabbed her purse, which contained $50, a bank book and her identification, Ms. Cummings said.

″I didn’t know what to do,″ Ms. Cummings recalled. ″I was scared.″

She got out of her car and one of the men snatched a 14-karat gold chain from her neck.

She ran over to Linkous, but he was in no condition to help her.

Linkous, 30, and Rolle, 21, were taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach. Linkous was treated and released. Rolle remained hospitalized Friday in stable condition. His injuries were not serious, said a nurse who refused to give her name.

Rolle was charged with running a red light and driving with an expired license plate, Capt. Carl Dixon said. Police were investigating the robbery.

Boynton Beach is south of Palm Beach.

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