Man steals van from family who stopped to help him

A family of five’s act of kindness turned sour on Sunday, after they stopped to help a man in distress.

Hits one of the family members who got out to assist him with his lacerated arm

A man with a stab wound on his arm ended up stealing a van from a family who tried to help him, with a five-year-old boy and his 27-year-old mother still inside. (Mike Evans/CBC )

A family of five’s act of kindness turned sour on Sunday, after they stopped to help a man in distress.

Windsor Police Services Det. Brett Corey said the family stopped their van at Tecumseh and Currie Streets at 1 a.m. Sunday night to help a 33-year-old man who was bleeding profusely from a laceration to his arm. 

The man ended up stealing the van from the family, Corey said. A five-year-old boy and his 27-year-old mother were still in the van.

As he sped off, he hit one of the family members who got out of the van to help him. The woman sustained minor foot injuries.

Corey said the man used the van to speed to the hospital — at times reportedly reaching speeds of 140 to 150 km/hr.

Once at the hospital, medical officials performed a six-hour surgery on his arm. 

But his recovery proved to be a little less than idyllic, as he was arrested and charged with seven offences — including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, robbery, and fail to remain. 

Windsor police looked into the circumstances surrounding the man’s lacerated arm. He was allegedly stabbed at a residence during an altercation.

A 20-year-old man is currently in custody facing a charge of aggravated assault. 

Both men were to appear in a Windsor court on Monday.

Corey said the family is doing well and under the circumstances, their situation “could have been a lot worse.”

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