Man gave money to alleged bank robber, asked her to pay it forward

Man gave money to alleged bank robber, asked her to pay it forward

SPRING TWP., Pa. - One Berks County man thought he was doing a good deed until he realized he helped the alleged getaway driver from Monday's bank robbery.

A damsel in distress caught the attention of Spring Township man Scott Hertzog.

"She is like, 'Sir, sir could you please help me? I lost my wallet. I need some gas to get home to Delaware,'" said Hertzog.

Hertzog was leaving the Wawa on Penn Avenue in Spring Township when he was confronted by the woman.

He agreed to give her gas money for her red Mazda Miata as long as she agreed to pay it forward.

One week later, he received an email from the woman saying she made it to Delaware and paid for the person behind her in three toll booths.

"When she told me she was having troubles, lost her wallet, lost her credit cards. That story was a whole lot worse than I had ever imagined," said Hertzog.

Just two weeks later he shockingly recognized the woman on the news.

Police say Jaime Dillon, 36, was the getaway driver from the M&T Bank robbery on Route 61 in Muhlenberg Township.

Officers say her accomplice was 30 year-old Freddie Dee Willis.

But police quickly were on their tail after activating a GPS tracker with the stolen money.

They say Dillion led them through Reading, onto Route 422 and then took the Mount Penn exit, all while weaving in and out of traffic.

That is when Exeter police laid down spike stripes and deflated two of the vehicle's tires causing it to run into a guard rail.

Dillion was arrested on scene.

"It was very disappointing, very saddening," said Hertzog.

Hertzog says despite being disappointed, this will not discourage him from doing good in the future.

"I have not lost my faith in humanity. I continue to do good for people and I always will," said Hertzog.

Dillion and Willis are both charged with bank robbery, theft, fleeing and eluding police and various other violations.

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