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Police: Helpful vs Careful- Be Safe

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VIDALIA, GA (WTOC) -

The murder of a Vidalia school teacher leaves many people conflicted. Should they offer help to strangers or protect themselves from potential danger?

Police say 24-year-old Robin Matthews was leaving the Vidalia Wal Mart when her suspected murderer approached her.

"He asked her for a ride to the hospital because his mother had had a heart attack," explained Assistant Chief Roger Calloway.

He said, once in the car, the suspect, Simon Dixon, also known as Simon Mitchell, told Matthews to change direction and ordered her down Old Vidalia Lyons Road off of Highway 292.

Midway down that side road, she slammed on brakes and resisted and that's when he stabbed her repeatedly.

The idea of someone being killed for offering help to a stranger makes many worry.

"You're gonna have fewer people willing to help someone," said Angie Kearns. "You have it in the back of your mind that you don't know what the outcome will be."

Calloway said people should always err on the side of caution when they're uncomfortable about a strange person approaching them.

"If someone tries to engage you, turn around and go back inside," he said. "Have somone from the store escort you to your car or stay there and have someone call police to have them come out and investigate."

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