Mom robbed at gunpoint leaving a metro department store
OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City woman is shocked after she was robbed and threatened with a gun after leaving a metro department store. The crime was committed in front of her two young children.
Police are searching for the suspects, and what’s odd is, the two men were in the store with the woman and then followed her outside only to get away with her cell phone.
“I was scared,” said Lerhonda Jessop.
It was a normal Thursday afternoon for Lerhonda Jessop; shopping with her children at stores she’s always felt safe.
As she was leaving Gordman’s at N.W. 59th and May to head to her car, two males came up from behind her, took her phone and ran.
“I chased after them and I made it to their car and whenever I did, he pulled the gun out, cocked it back and said move or I’ll shoot you,” said Jessop.
Jessop had her one and three-year-old with her during this frightful encounter.
“They could have shot me or they could have missed me or my baby and I’m just thankful that they just drove off,” said Jessop.
Police are now searching for the mystery men to hopefully prevent this from happening again.
In this scenario, police said Jessop could have been easily targeted, having both her hands occupied, one holding her baby and the other one texting, when walking out of the store.
“The more things you’re involved in doing when you’re walking to your car the more likely you’re to notice someone suspicious in the area,” said MSGT Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
People can also be more aware of the surroundings, err on the side of caution and shop with a friend if possible.
“There’s strength in numbers. The more people you have with you the less likely to be a victim of this type of crime,” said Knight.
For Jessop, she’s thankful she and her children are safe, but is worried about her three-year-old, who she says is traumatized from this incident.
“Hopefully he realizes that not everyone is bad but there are bad people out there,” said Jessop.
Jessop said she hopes police can track down the two men who robbed her at gunpoint.
There’s surveillance video officials are looking into now.
The victim said she plans to get a concealed carry permit and pepper spray for personal protection in case this ever happens again.