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Laurel County police: Woman stole car after Samaritan stopped to help

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 06:30:18-05

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Police in Laurel County arrested a woman late Sunday night who they said stole a vehicle from a Samaritan who stopped to help her.

Authorities said deputies responded to a complaint of a female subject walking in the middle of the roadway on Hal Rogers Parkway approximately three miles east of London.

Upon arrival, deputies located a woman on the side of the roadway and observed a white Chevorlet Malibu pulling away from the shoulder headed eastbound on the parkway.

However, deputies said they learned that the woman they found was not the woman the complaint was about. Instead, the woman they found said she had stopped to check on another woman, who police say was 50-year-old Rhonda Wright. Police said Wright grabbed the woman by the shoulders and shook her violently before pushing her from the car and fleeing.

Deputies were able to catch up to the car and stop it. Deputies said Wright smelled of alcohol and was disorderly when taken into custody.

Wright was charged with second-degree robbery, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, disorderly conduct, menacing and resisting arrest.

Wright was being held in the Laurel County Correctional Center.