A few months ago, there was a "Good Samaritan" (GS) rule that allowed you to seek justice against bandits IF you were within the actual area of the robbery (IE: You can SEE and HEAR what is going on).
However, due to certain rule-bending situations, it has been removed.
It is in my understanding that you are required to RE-INITIATE on the robber if you wish to try and be a savior.
In my opinion, I feel like this should be a policy to be explored for future rules regarding SA, and there's always room for change or improvement.
For now, it's better to be safe than sorry: When in doubt, re-initate.
But always remember one thing that should be a universal idea for EVERY RPer in this community:
You should NEVER consider "respawning" in your roleplay. You should ALWAYS act as though this is your character's only chance, even if it truly isn't.
So the question is: Can you survive the encounter?
Awesome reply! Really digging the community so far! And that answers my question perfectly! And believe me! With the scarcity of loot, the last thing I want to do is respawn!