Man attacks woman near highway; good Samaritan confronts, holds him for cops

Dan Wing
June 11, 2019 - 10:29 am
Donald Cramer Jr.

New Jersey State Police


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A local man is being hailed a hero after rushing to help a woman being attacked by a man right next to I-295 in South Jersey last week. 

John Bishop, 54, of Burlington Township says he doesn't take 295 often, but he had to Thursday afternoon to pick up some stuff for his pool. Bishop tells CBS 3 Eyewitness News that as he was about to get off the highway onto Route 73 in Mount Laurel around 3 p.m., something caught his eye.

"Out of the corner of my eye I saw a woman walking and, just, somebody grab her and yank her, forcefully slam her into the ground, into the bushes, and drug her down the hill," he said. "And I was like, 'Did I just see that?'"

In that moment, Bishop decided not to call 911. Instead he took action, leaving his truck running on the shoulder and running after the attacker, later identified as 52-year old Donald Cramer Jr., into the woods along the highway.

Bishop says Cramer had the victim pinned on the ground when he approached. Cramer got up and attacked him. In the struggle, Bishop eventually took control of Cramer, dragging him back up the hill to the highway by his hair and neck, and then doing everything he could to hold him down.

"And I was yelling at cars to stop," Bishop said. "And I'm waving, and everybody was riding by. Like nobody was stopping."

Eventually three off-duty firefighters stopped and helped Bishop keep Cramer held down until police got to the scene. 

New Jersey State Police say Cramer was armed with a knife, and he's now being charged with a long list of crimes, including kidnapping and criminal attempted sexual assault.

Detectives believe Donald Cramer may be the suspect in more sexual assaults, and they are asking the public to call them if they have any information that can link him to other crimes.