OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro woman says she was held at gunpoint outside of a local mall.
Courtney, who asked us not to release her last name, says she has not gotten much sleep after Friday night’s attack outside of Penn Square Mall.
When she relives those moments she cries, knowing if it were not for a couple of good Samaritans she might not be here today.
“All I could think of was what would I do if my kids grew up without their mom,” Courtney said.
Courtney says she was leaving Penn Square Mall around 7 p.m. when she was robbed at gunpoint
“I looked up and at the end of my van there was a man with a gun telling me to give me all of my money, my phone,” Courtney said.
She then told the man “no”. That is when Courtney says the robber demanded her to get in the vehicle.
“He was pointing a gun at my face and I just said ‘I’m not getting in the car with you’ and I took a step back and he actually said ‘Mam, don’t take another step’. And I took another step back and about that time I saw somebody coming from the JC Penny area,” Courtney said.
That’s when Courtney saw her escape and ran toward a couple in their car.
“I banged on their window and said ‘I’m being robbed! He’s got a gun! And let me in! And you know, they let me in immediately.”
Courtney and her kids know they are lucky that the man only got away with her phone.
“Scary, because she does so much for me and I didn’t want to lose her,” Courtney’s daughter cried.
“I absolutely believe that every so often we’re given these reminders to truly remember what we have,” Courtney said.
Now Courtney is reminding others how important it is to be aware of your surroundings.
“Because I was distracted and doing two or three other things at one time. I was an easy target and the cop told me they are consistently looking for people who are doing other things,” Courtney said.
Saturday night General Manager at Penn Square Mall, Jeffrey Runnels, released this statement:
“The safety of our guests is our top priority, and we are taking this senseless crime very seriously. We maintain a zero tolerance for any criminal behavior. As part of our comprehensive security program, we are working closely with the Oklahoma City Police Department as they investigate this isolated incident. Due to the active investigation, we ask that you reach out to the Oklahoma City Police Department directly for more information.”