MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - Matt McGee is still recovering after he was viciously attacked at a charity garage sale.
On Tuesday, McGee and his family were putting on a charity garage sale in Midwest City when they met the alleged suspect.
"A gentleman came in and wanted to look around, so we let him look around. He loaded up a lot of clothes,” McGee said. "He was talkative, and he had a cross necklace on and my mom talked to him about that. He said he went to church and that he was a believer in Christ."
The man stayed at the sale for an hour, picking out $240 worth of clothes before McGee told him they were about to close. The man complied and acted like he was about to pay when things took a turn for the worse.
"I was pushing the grocery cart full of the clothes to the front door, and I went to open the door and prop it open so he could get out and that's when things get kind of fuzzy,” McGee said.
As McGee came up from propping open the door, the man allegedly attacked him with a hammer.
"I was stunned a little bit and stumbled outside the front door, and then I realized I had a hurt head and blood coming down my face," he told KFOR.
The suspect took off with the clothes he didn't pay for and told McGee and his mother to stay back.
McGee had to get five stitches on his head but, even after this ordeal, he said he feels lucky.
"God was looking out for me. It could have been a lot worse. He could have hurt my mom worse. He could have hit me with a hammer more and more," he said.
Despite his injuries, the former youth pastor is hoping to help the suspect.
"I want to tell him that I'm okay, I forgive him, I hope he and his family is okay and if we can help him in some way,” McGee said.
The suspect is still on the loose. McGee said he has a face tattoo and the name "Stacy" tattooed on his neck.
If you see him, give Midwest City police a call.