"When she did, she had gotten out to check and at that point a light or cream-colored sedan pulled up," Virgina State Police Sgt. Stephan Vick said.
But the two men the woman thought were coming to her rescue, instead robbed her--taking her purse, jewelry and other personal items. It was a highway heist that left driver Artis Kelly, a father of two, concerned.
"There are no limitations to where people will go and what they will do," Kelly said.
Making matters worse, police said the woman was not alone as her 17-month-old son was inside the disabled vehicle while she was being held at gunpoint.
"That is hideous that our society has gotten to a point where there are no boundaries," Kelly exclaimed.
Fortunately the woman and her child were not injured, but police said there is a valuable lesson for everyone to learn.
"Get to an area that's safe off the interstate, like I said if it's nighttime go to a well-lit area," Sgt. Vick said.
In the meantime, detectives are still looking for the suspects described as two black males wearing dark clothing and driving that older-model, cream or light-colored sedan. It was a roadside robbery that has Artis Kelly with a personal message of his own: "Crime does not pay one day it may just be your mother that somebody does it to, give that some thought."
Police said if you have to stop on the shoulder, remain in your vehicle and dial #77 for state police from your phone.
If you have any information that could help police with this case, call the Virginia State Police Richmond Division at (804) 553-3445.