ROWAN COUNTY -- Two suspects are accused of stealing a good Samaritan's truck at gunpoint in Salisbury.
The Rowan County Sheriff's Office says Juan Alonso appeared with a shotgun after Blanca Alejandre flagged down the good Samaritan on Sherills Ford Road on Sunday morning and told him she was having car trouble.
The sheriff's office says the good Samaritan, Todd Motley, was able to get away safely.
The suspects are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle and second degree kidnapping.
"It was like it was unreal, and everything in my whole life passed in front of me in a brief second," said Motley, one of the victims.
Motley says he’s recovering following the scary, life-threatening interaction at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday. On his way to work, Motley pulled over on Sherills Ford Road in the parking lot of Graham’s Grill to help a woman.
"She was waving me down frantically and it was like 26 degrees outside so I stopped to see if I could help her,” said Motley.
Normally, Motley said he wouldn’t have stopped, but the cold weather made him think about helping someone. Motley offed the woman a ride after she said her car and cell phone were dead. According to Motley, the woman claimed to be driving to see her baby and wanted to be taken to West Innes Street.
But Motley said when she went to get her phone, he turned around and realized it was a set-up.
"When I turned my head back around, there was a guy standing at the window with a shotgun in my face,” said Motley.
"He told me to get out of the truck and I got out, and I told him, 'Woah, wait a minute, you can have the truck, just take it' and he said, 'No, you get in the back,' and he put the gun closer to my face and nudged me to the back,” said Motley.
When the man stepped away from the truck, Motley ran for his life.
"Ran out of my shoes, I didn't start feeling the pain from the ribs until about lunchtime, after the adrenaline settled down,” said Motley.
Motley ran to his home nearby and called the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
Rowan County investigators say Alonso and Alejandre also tried robbing another man living on Stanwyck Road.
Investigators recommend always calling 911 first for help.
"This day and time, you just can't say whether someone is gonna be a legitimate victim or not, so it's probably best if you see someone who looks like they need help, call us,” said Capt. John Sifford with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
Motley, who got his car back Monday night, said ultimately he’s thankful to be alive. After the robbery and car-jacking, Motley said he’ll think twice about attempting the role of "good Samaritan" again.
"I probably won't be stopping for anybody else for a long time unless I absolutely know them,” said Motley.
Deputies say they found Motley’s car ditched and left running, with Alejandre hiding nearby. They charged Alonso later on Sunday night, after a neighbor found the man hiding under a trailer asleep.
Alonso is being held at the Rowan County Detention Center on a $350,000 bond. Alejandre is being held on a $125,000 bond.