Two suspects accused of robbing a mother at gunpoint with her two small children are caught on tape. That mother shared the scary ordeal with News 9 as investigators ask for help identifying the bold criminals.
Lerhonda Jessop stopped at Gordmans to pick up a gift for her father with her 1-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son Thursday evening. On her way out, she was approached by two men.
"My son is still having nightmares," said Jessop. "It messed with him pretty bad."
Jessop's son was right behind her as she ran to try and get her cell phone back.
"He was screaming at them to stop," said Jessop.
Her Galaxy 3S was snatched out of her hand as she walked out of Gordmans in broad daylight. It was about 4 p.m. on Thursday. Lerhonda says the two guys, captured on store surveillance cameras, had their eye on her and her children the entire time she was in the store.
"My kids and I were in the shoe aisle and I noticed two men walked on the left hand side of me, and they stopped and they were doing something," said Jessop. "And then they walked on the other side and they stopped."
As soon as she walks out the store, the thieves make their move, running on each side of her snatching the phone out of her hand. Lerhonda chased them to their car.
"I was about where that light pole is," said Jessop.
The men jumped inside a gold 4-door Chevy Impala, also caught on store surveillance cameras leaving the store parking lot. Lerhonda makes it around to the passenger's side of the car and continues to demand her phone be given back.
"He pulled a gun out and he cocked it. He pointed it, cocked it back and he told me to move or he would shoot," said Jessop.
That's when Lerhonda backed away and called police. She was holding her 1-year-old daughter during the confrontation.
"With my kids, I don't know what I would have done if something would have happened," said Jessop.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers – (405) 235-7300.