PLAINFIELD, N.J. -

It's great when Good Samaritans are able to help those in need. But authorities in New Jersey said some would-be rescuers should have been a little more careful when they rushed to a scene and grabbed the victim by mistake, helping the robber escape.

According to Plainfield Public Safety Director Martin Hellwig, the 26-year-old victim said he was attacked by an unknown woman at about 12:30 a.m. Monday as he was walking down the street and that his assailant took about $400 in cash from him and a gold chain valued at about $500, the Courier News of Bridgewater reported.

Hellwig said the victim tried to hold the woman to prevent her from leaving the area, and that's when the two passing motorists saw the fracas and intervened.

Investigators said the culprit sneaked away while the victim was being restrained by the would-be Good Samaritans.

"The two (passing motorists) were not involved (in the robbery)," Hellwig said. "They were released and have not been charged."

According to reports, officers are now reviewing surveillance tape from the area to try to track down the woman.

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