Brave Samaritan comes to the rescue during an armed robbery at a Pulaski Co. gas station

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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A good Samaritan came to the rescue at a Pulaski County gas station when an armed robber demanded money.

Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Justin Griffith, says on Monday, Oct. 12, David Lee Simpkins put on a wig and mask and entered a Pulaski County gas station. Simpkins then pointed a handgun at the store clerk and demanded money from the register.

A customer at the gas station jumped into action. Even after being pistol-whipped by Simpkins, the brave Samaritan fought back.

Simpkins has been charged with one count of armed robbery in Pulaski County.

According to documents from Roanoke Circuit Court, Simpkins matches the description of a suspect in five to seven other robberies along the I-81 corridor. Detectives are asking for DNA and other evidence from the suspect to determine if he was involved in a robbery at the Riverside Quickette on West Main Street in Roanoke County.

Simpkins is currently in custody and has been hospitalized.

Griffith say the brave Samaritan will not be charged for protecting himself and the store clerk.

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