GREENVILLE — Shane Wilcox is used to being in control of situations.
The 37-year-old Greenville man is 6 foot, 3 inches tall, 260 pound, ex-military and works in security.
Wilcox was driving home from work in Grand Rapids on Friday evening and was just a few blocks from home when he noticed a woman waving her arms and standing next to a car on the Greenville truck route near the former Electrolux facility.
“I stopped and she was like, ‘Thank you, thank you for stopping, my car broke down and I don’t have a cell phone,’” Wilcox recalled.
As Wilcox began to try to help the woman, a truck with two men pulled up. Wilcox assumed they were stopping to help too.
“The next thing I knew, I just got blasted across the head with some kind of object,” Wilcox said. “I stumbled and one of the guys grabbed my head and the other guy hit me. We were on the ground rolling around and I was throwing punches as much as I could. Then I saw a knife and one of the men jabbed it at me. It went through my coat and gave me a little slash on my arm.”
Wilcox said one man grabbed Wilcox’s wallet while the other man continually kicked Wilcox in the ribs. As this was happening, the woman sped off in her car. After the men took cash from Wilcox’s wallet, they sped off in their truck.
Wilcox managed to drive home and stumble inside. His wife immediately called the police.
“I’m really sore,” Wilcox said. “My head feels like it’s going to explode. I’m thankful to be alive.
“I’m pretty sure I was set up,” he said. “I’ve replayed it in my head so many times. I guess I let my guard down to help somebody out. There was no warning. I just got blindsided.”
Wilcox said the woman was between the ages of 18 and 25 with pale white skin, black hair with a purple streak through it and a piercing in her lower lip. She was driving an older-looking white Ford Taurus or similar car.
Wilcox said the two men were white and looked to be in their mid-20s. They were wearing dark, backward baseball caps and Carhart coats. They were driving a dirty-looking Chevrolet truck.
“They were real rough looking, cracked out like they had had a rough life,” he said of the men.
The Greenville Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident.
Wilcox said he has stopped to help motorists in the past and will continue to do so, despite his violent encounter.
“You still expect people to do the right thing,” he said. “If my wife was broken down, I would hope someone would stop and help her. I’ll still help people out, but I guess I’ll be a little more cautious.”