A woman driver was robbed and assaulted after pulling over early Sunday morning to offer help to a group of four people who appeared to have broken down on a Valley interchange ramp.
DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the driver was reluctant as she pulled over at 3 a.m. when the foursome waved her down on the ramp from westbound U.S. Route 60 to southbound Loop 101.
The group was able to get into the woman’s car before a juvenile female assaulted her and the group took the victim’s purse, which included her cell phone. An hour later, after they left the scene on foot, police were able to locate and arrest the suspects in a Tempe apartment complex two or three miles away.
The victim was not harmed but was shaken up after the incident, Graves said.
The juvenile female was a runaway. The other three young adults face charges of simple assault and robbery.