“My whole life is tragic now. Everybody is looking at me funny. And my respect now is endangered because nobody will trust me,” Utpal Patel told NBC’s Kerry Sanders. Patel is in hiding after some people beat him up at Lakeland’s Southwest Complex and smeared him on Facebook. They claim he was trying to abduct a 2-year-old girl but Lakeland Police say Patel was a good Samaritan trying to help a lost child find her family.

Source: NBC: Today Show

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