Two passing motorists in Plainfield, New Jersey, rushed to help a woman who appeared to be defending herself against a male robber, only to learn later that the opposite was true.

When police arrived, the man explained that he was actually the victim: The woman had attacked him and he was trying to prevent her from making away with $400 in case and an expensive gold chain. Unfortunately for him, the Good-Intentioned Samaritans intervened and allowed the woman to flee the scene.

Police were able to corroborate the man's story using gas station surveillance footage. According to the city's Public Safety Director Martin Hellwig, the suspect was still at large, but progress was being made.

[H/T: Newser, photo via Shutterstock]