Susan Davidson, 61, was stunned when no one stopped to help her after her mini-van was stolen at a Plant City Marathon gas station on Sunday night. Her two grandchildren, 2 and 4, were in the backseat, as a crook drove off into the night, leaving Davidson in panic.
The van was found abandoned a half-mile down the road, and the kids were safe. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for the masked man who took the van. Meanwhile, the 911 call was released. In it, Davidson tells the 911 dispatcher that “not one soul here is even willing to help me.”
Davidson said she used the phone at the gas station to call for help, but no one would let her use their cell phone to call her family for help.
Larry McKinnon, of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, said some people may not have realized what was happening.
“It’s hard to get into people’s mind and understand,” he said. “I think a lot of times it become surreal and people aren’t connecting what’s really happening at the moment.”
“You look around in the world today and you see on one spectrum, you have people pulling people out of burning cars,” he said.
“You have people risking their own lives to help other people. And then in other scenarios, you see where people have attacked in broad daylight in our major cities and everyone just stands around and looks.”
The suspect took Davidson’s computer and purse and the toddler’s diaper bag and snacks. He fled on foot. The only description of the suspect is that he’s a masked man.
If you have any information that can help investigators call the HIllsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
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