CBS -Woman To Robber: In The Name Of Jesus, Get Out
Woman To Robber: In The Name Of Jesus, Get Out
FRISCO (CBS 11 / TXA 21) ―
It was a frightening scenario for a North Texas business owner and her customer. A man barged into her store and pulled out a gun. The entire incident was caught on tape, but it's what happens when the would-be robber made his demands that is truly incredible.
The incident unfolded at a shopping center on Legacy Drive in Frisco. While the story ends well, police said that they don't suggest taking the actions of the two women involved.
The women were still shaken Tuesday night, but proud of what they did.
Just a few minutes after Marian Chadwick put the 'closed' sign on her store's door, the door opened. A man with a gun walked in and demanded money.
Chadwick has owned the Extravagant Necessities Boutique for seven years. She calls it a store for girlfriends.
The gunman walked into the store as Chadwick was helping her final customer of the day. "He was all bundled up and I thought, 'It's not that cold to be so bundled up.' And as he got closer, it just kind of all registered," she recalled.
The man in the hooded sweatshirt wore sunglasses and started pointing a gun. Chadwick remembers the exchange she had with the man. "We thought it was a joke," she said. "He comes in and says, 'Give me your money!' And I said, 'There's no money. It's all gone.' And he said, 'No, I'm serious. I want your money!' And I said, 'No.'"
The gunman became irate and started pounding on the glass counter with the gun, but Chadwick wasn't fazed. "I looked him straight in the eye and I said, 'In the name of Jesus, I command you to get out of my store. You are bound by the Holy Spirit and you are leaving.'"
As Chadwick argued with the gunman, her customer, Kathy Vereen, soon had attention pointed her way. "He started backing up and then he pointed the gun at me and said, 'Get down on the floor.' And I remember thinking, 'I don't think so,'" said Vereen.
The frustrated gunman turned and left the store with nothing. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
Vereen said that she knows how she and Chadwick escaped unharmed. "I was just so completely in awe about how God did protect us," she said unwaveringly.
Law enforcement officials advise that victims comply with the demands of a robber. But Chadwick said that her reaction was instinctive. "My fleeting moment, that I can even remember, was there's no guarantee. If I gave him the money, there's no guarantee that he wouldn't shoot me anyway. So, let's go the hard way then."
It is believed that the gunman drove away in a silver car, possibly a Kia. Police said that the suspect matches the description of someone who may have struck in Plano, Richardson, Allen and another Frisco business.
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