Besides the story of Kai the Hitchhiker, who is accused of killing 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy, and who pleaded “not guilty”, inquiring minds want to know,
"is it ever wise to pick up a hitchhiker?"

Have you ever done so, and when has it gone sour for you?

At about 9:55 a.m. Thursday, Victor Collaguas-Molan, 35, of Plainfield, told North Plainfield Police that he was traveling east on Front Street in Plainfield when he was "flagged down" by a woman looking for a ride to Route 22, according to Officer Robert Kropewnick of the North Plainfield Police.

The woman was described by Collaguas-Molan as in her early 20s, thin build, with light brown hair in a ponytail, wearing a light tan t-shirt and black leggings, police said.

Collaguas-Molan told police he stopped at a Quick Chek to get a drink, the woman stayed in the car, but when he returned to his car, the woman was gone, as was about $80 in cash he had in the center console of his car, police said.

Patrol units checked the surrounding area for the woman but did not find anyone who fit her description, police said.

Now you may be thinking that the 80 bucks may have been for “services rendered”, but assuming the story is correct; even if I’m “flagged down”, I don’t stop.

Unless it’s for someone I know. And even then I may keep going!

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