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Good Samaritan faces fines for stolen car

1:47 PM, May 18, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - A man who stopped to help a car accident victim, only to have his own car stolen, is facing a new challenge.

The car thief racked up hundreds of dollars in parking tickets, and now the city of Denver is going after the Good Samaritan for the money.

Jesus Rivera was driving in Adams County last May when he saw a man roll his car near Interstate 76 and Pecos.

Rivera says his heart told him to stop.

"I don't regret it. I would do it again," Rivera said.

Rivera rescued the bleeding man from his mangled, upside-down car.

The man said his children were trapped inside.

"Even though the guy looked bad, in those situations you just help. You don't think about it," Rivera said.

By the time Rivera realized there were no kids in the backseat, the man he just saved was driving away in his car.

"He was acting weird. I don't know if he was drunk or high, but he was acting weird," Rivera said.

In less a minute, Rivera's car was stolen, along with all the tools in his trunk.

9NEWS viewers saw his story and came through in a big way.

"They gave me a car, they gave me a tool box, and they sent a couple of cards with money," Rivera said.

Rivera thought his problems were over, until he began getting these letters from the City of Denver.

Less than 10 days after stealing Rivera's car, the thief began racking up parking tickets totaling $520.

The city of Denver told Rivera he needed a police report to prove his car was stolen.

But when he tried getting a copy, Adams County didn't even have a record of his case.

We did some checking, and found the case was transferred to Colorado State Patrol.

We called two CSP offices, and finally got our hands on that report.

"Things happen for a reason. And hopefully this means something better is coming for us," Rivera said.

The City of Denver told 9NEWS all Rivera needs to do now is send them this report, and he won't be liable for that $520.

Even after all the hassle, Rivera still says he wouldn't think twice about stopping and helping someone in need because says it's just the right thing to do.

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