MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A DoorDash shipping driver’s attempt to save a life ended up making him a criminal victim himself.
Brandon Augst has cuts and crusts on his legs along with some worn road rash across his back. “It hurts a lot,” said the 21-year-old from North Branch, Minnesota.
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They are painful scars for a selfless young man who is increasingly worried about the person he was trying to help. Augst is a DoorDash driver who prefers to do his job in the Twin Cities. He delivered Tuesday around 11 p.m., near University Avenue and Victoria Street in St. Louis. Paul.
Seconds before he arrived, police said two men got into a fight at the light rail station at the intersection. One was stabbed in the neck and was lying on the street. “He was like rolling around and he put his hand up in the air,” said Augst, who then noticed blood around the victim. He pulled over, called 911 and ran over to help him.
“He had a big hole that was probably bigger than a block,” he said, adding that he was surprised other people didn’t immediately jump in to help. “No one else did anything. A guy was just sitting in his car right in front [the victim]. ”
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Augst said police quickly arrived at the scene. He was on the phone with 911 when the officer and another spectator helped the victim. It was then that Augst noticed a man getting into his car, which he let drive and unlocked.
‘The officer is standing next to me. I said, ‘That guy takes my car!’ and then I ran over there … I was right in front of the car. He floored it right into me and I literally rolled over the top, I fell on the back of my car, ”he said. “Everything I have except my clothes was in my car.”
Augst said the thief tried to use his credit card at a gas station. He hopes surveillance cameras captured him, adding that police plan to retrieve any video.
The man who was stabbed will survive, which in addition to getting the car and belongings back was Augst’s biggest concern. “I didn’t think he would make it because he was stabbed right in the neck in the throat,” he said.
Augst’s car is a Toyota Yaris Hatchback from 2012. It is light blue with the number plate MGR 991. The left rear door has a dent. Anyone who has seen the car is asked to call St. Paul’s police.
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A GoFundMe was created to help Augst recover his losses. Click here to donate.
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