“God was covering me and protecting me,” Metro man escapes robbery at gunpoint

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A man who stopped at a metro ATM  recently found himself face-to-face with the bottom of a gun barrel.

It happened outside Bank of America on N.W. 39th and Classen.

The night of June 21, Dezjuan Jackson said he went to make a deposit. When he finished his transaction, he looked up to find a man with a gun.

He said the man then started making demands.

"He was like give me all your money. Give me all your f****** money right now,” Jackson said.

With his heart pounding, Jackson reached for his debit card, but then saw an opportunity to escape.

"I noticed I had the car in drive.”

He says he rolled up his window and sped off. It was a split second decision that Jackson feels may have saved his life.

"It was a pretty scary situation because I didn't know what he was capable of," Jackson said. "God was covering me and protecting me at that particular time.”

Things have now changed for the 24-year-old. Jackson says he is more aware and never leaves home without protection.

"It's definitely a life changing experience, but it has also made me stronger as an individual and I will protect myself at any necessary time," Jackson said.

There are some things you can do to protect yourself if you need to go to the ATM at night.

Police say go to a well-lit ATM that you are familiar with.

They say do not go alone, have your card and money ready to go, and most importantly be aware of your surroundings.

Police have released surveillance photos of the robbery suspect. If you recognize him, call Oklahoma City Police or Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.

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