A kindhearted woman trying to rescue a child stuck in the middle of the road was nearly carjacked by two men using a dummy as bait.
According to WNEP, a 33-year-old woman was driving home from work near the intersection of West Southwinds Drive and Pagoda Court in Newport, North Carolina around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, when she suddenly saw a figure in the middle of the road.
It was a child.
The woman immediately stopped her car to help the child, who seemed to be wearing a red shirt and black pants.
But just as she stopped, two men dressed in black ran up to her car and started pulling on her door handles, which were locked, according to the sheriff’s department.
Without a moment of hesitation, the woman stepped on the gas and sped away from the two carjackers.
Maj. Jason Wank said her decision to flee the scene right away was “absolutely the right thing to do.”
While deputies have been unable to track down the would-be car thieves, they did find the dummy they’d be using as bait in the middle of the road.
Police say the dummy was put together using a plastic head and children’s clothes.
Authorities are now warning drivers to keep their doors locked at all times and to never exit their vehicles if approached by strangers.