Road lesson: Hitchhiker pulls knife, driver pulls gun; hitchhiker runs like hell

Sean Connery: “Never bring a knife to a gun fight.” / Source:

A Kentucky motorist was repaid for his kindness in pickling up a hitchhiker by the hitchhiker pulling out a knife, confirming the adage, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

The driver responded by pulling out his gun, confirming another adage offered by the Sean Connery character in “The Untouchables”: “Never bring a knife to a gunfight.”

The incident occurred at about 1 a.m. Friday when Raymond Givens, 45, offered a ride to a man hitchhiking. After the man entered Givens’ vehicle, he pulled out a butcher knife in an attempt to rob the driver, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.

When Givens drew his gun and demanded that the would-be thief exit the vehicle, the hitchhiker did’t have to be told twice — he skedaddled.

Although picking up strangers wanting a ride isn’t illegal, it’s not advisable, according to Henderson, Ky. police spokeswoman Jennifer Warren.

“This is a prime example of why it can be a dangerous thing to do,” she said. “We understand that people are wanting to help out those who they see, but we also want them to realize the danger that is involved.”

The suspect, described as a white male with dirty-blonde hair and wearing an orange stocking cap, is still at large.

He might not smell too good.


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