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Man arrested for robbing good Samaritan

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This is the area on Erwin Dairy Road where a man says he was robbed by someone who had pulled over and appeared to have car trouble. Source: Karen Church/WBRC This is the area on Erwin Dairy Road where a man says he was robbed by someone who had pulled over and appeared to have car trouble. Source: Karen Church/WBRC
Walter William Tate. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Walter William Tate. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A Birmingham man has been arrested for robbing someone who pulled over to help him with his apparent car troubles.

Suspect Walter William Tate, 21, faces two counts of first degree robbery for two robberies authorities say he committed in the same area Wednesday morning.

The investigation began around 5:30 a.m. when man reported being robbed on Erwin Dairy Road between Fultondale and Tarrant.

The victim told Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies that he was driving down the road when he noticed a car that looked like it was broken down. The vehicle had its emergency flashers on, so the man stopped to help.

Officials say Tate asked the man to jump off his car, and when the man said he didn't have any jumper cables, Tate "pulled a gun and demanded money," Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.

The robbery was unsuccessful because other cars pulled up and the victim had the chance to drive away and call for help.

While deputies were investigating the case, another man reported being robbed in the same area.

Deputies released a description of the suspect and his car to surrounding authorities, asking them to be on the lookout.

Birmingham police officers later found the suspect's vehicle in the 4800 block of 30th Way North.

When deputies spoke with the car's owner, they learned that she had let her son drive the car that day. Christian said the son walked up while deputies were speaking to his mom about the robberies. The son was identified as the suspect in both cases and arrested.

Tate has been charged with two counts of first degree robbery. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

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