The Armed Robbers Part 1

February holds a couple of anniversaries that aren’t altogether pleasant for me. One of those days is February 5th because that’s the date I had a gun held to my head and I thought that both my son and I were going to be killed. God got us through that harrowing night safely. But in February I think about the armed robbers.

The Armed Robbers Part 1

I thought it was just an ordinary night.

On February 5, 2003 I went to pick up Pete from the gas station where he was working in a neighboring town. It was around 11:00 p.m. and the station was on a busy road but in an area that didn’t have neighboring businesses that were open that late. There were homes across the road but they didn’t face the main road.

Although Pete usually drove himself I had agreed to drop him off and pick him up that night. Looking back I’m sure it was God who arranged that. Pete is not afraid of a fight and the odds don’t seem to matter to him. Although I will fight, even physically, if necessary it’s better sometimes to be calm. It was that night.

 

God will take care of us.

I was sitting in my car waiting for Pete and the young lady working with him to finish closing the station. I’d pulled up in front of the big windows in front so they’d know I’d arrived. While I was there I began thinking what would happen if someone came to rob the place. It was a really strange thought since crime isn’t a big problem even in the larger town where the gas station was located. And as soon as I had the thought about the station being robbed I thought, “God will take care of us.”

Because I could see Pete and his co-worker were nearly done I pulled to the side of the station where the door they would exit is located. The thought of armed robbers had already been forgotten. I was listening to the radio when I heard a tap on the passenger side window. It startled me because that side of the car was facing away from the station and there was nothing beyond the car but a dark field.

 

Afraid but not terrified

I looked over and saw a person standing there, a bandana covering his face, holding a gun. My first thought was that it was some friend of Pete’s who decided to play a terrible joke on me. But instantly I knew that wasn’t it.

The person kept the gun pointed at me as he walked around the front of the car. He used the weapon to motion for me to get out. I wanted to get my cane but I was afraid he’d think I was reaching for a gun. I opened the door and pulled myself out of the car.

He pointed the gun at my chest and told me to have Pete open the door of the station. I remember noticing the gun was a .38 long barrel revolver with a wooden grip. It was then that I saw a second masked person walk from behind my car. “Two will be harder to handle.” I thought nervously.

The Armed Robbers Part 1

But suddenly I knew exactly what to do. I stepped toward the gunman until the weapon was pressed against my chest. And I uttered the word I’d repeat several times that night. “No.”

 



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12 thoughts on “The Armed Robbers Part 1

  • February 7, 2017 at 6:02 pm
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    Im disturbed…Thank God you lived to tell the tale

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    • February 7, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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      Oh…wait until you hear the end of the story!

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    • February 8, 2017 at 10:49 am
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      Our conversation inspired me to write about this incident. Thank you. When I get to the finale you’ll see why I’m so grateful!

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  • February 8, 2017 at 8:36 pm
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    Wow!! God is so good!!
    Thankfully, HE prepared you, and was with you!!

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    • February 8, 2017 at 8:58 pm
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      It was as though I wasn’t really surprised when the gunman came to the car. I already had been kind of warned.

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  • February 14, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    Oh my! I’m so glad you’re ok😯.

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    • February 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm
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      It was quite an experience but we all came out of it okay!

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  • April 2, 2017 at 2:20 am
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    Oh my gosh. What a nightmare this had to have been. Thank God for His protection of you. I can relate to facing death and it changes you in so many ways.

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    • April 2, 2017 at 7:42 am
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      I’m just glad we all came through it safely and the young man with the gun is out of prison and doing so well!

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  • April 2, 2017 at 2:54 am
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    How frightening – and how brave you were. I had a similar experience RIGHT in front of the house in which I was living at the time (article linked to my information) so I empathize fully. I did not resist since it was a gang, and the leader appeared to be high on crack – waving his gun around so wildly that even his cohorts seemed afraid of what he might do.

    Thank GOD we both lived to tell the tale – but it changes everything, doesn’t it?

    Jumped here, btw, from the link you left on usathroughoureyes.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    • April 2, 2017 at 7:44 am
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      It really does make one more aware of the surroundings! Funny that now the gun wielding young man and I are now friends.

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