Police: Man plays dead in street to mess with Good Samaritan

SEATTLE -- Two men found a new and elaborate way to be jerks early last Saturday on Aurora, playing dead then randomly destroying the cellphone of the man who came to their aid, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was driving northbound on Aurora with some friends shortly after 3 a.m. when he swerved to miss a man lying in the roadway near North Motor Place.

Thinking the man in the road had been hit by a car and was either injured or dead, the victim parked his car and ran back to check on him.

According to the report, the man in the road suddenly stood up and started laughing at the victim.

While the victim was distracted by the laughing man, another man snuck up on the victim and punched him in the face, causing him to drop the cellphone he had been using to call 911 for help, according to the report.

One of the men reportedly picked up the victim's phone and threw it across Aurora. It was never found.

The victim had apparently been unable to get through to 911 before being relieved of his cellphone, but Seattle Fire Department employees in the area saw the incident and called police.

The alleged jerks walked off before officers arrived.