Reports are that on February 3, Cornell Hampton, 38, helped a woman push her stuck car out from behind a snowbank. Apparently feeling he deserved some sort of reward for being a Good Samaritan, he jumped into the woman’s car and demanded a ride.
When she refused, he put her in a choke-hold, threatened her and forced her to drive to a nearby vacant building. Lucky for her, three witnesses saw Hampton take the screaming woman into the building and called police.
“I seen this guy dragging this girl out, had his arm around her neck or whatever…I heard her saying something please don’t do this or please you don’t want to do this, something to that effect and I knew something was wrong,” said a witness.
Because these witnesses called 911, officers were able to catch Hampton in the act of raping the poor woman. As officers rescued the woman and attempted to subdue the suspect, Hampton allegedly kicked an officer. The victim was taken a hospital where she was treated for the sexual assault and other minor injuries.
Hampton is now facing 11 counts including forcible rape, kidnapping and assault on a law enforcement officer. He has been jailed on a $300,000 cash only bond.
Police tell say they plan on nominating the three citizens with the department’s snitch citizen service award.