*By now we’ve all seen the footage of a Georgia woman taking on two armed carjackers at a gas station. Now, she has a message for her attackers: “I forgive them.”
Someone once said that all black folks know how to do is pray and forgive, and Jasmine Warren is living up to that assessment. Surveillance footage showed her fighting back against two men who attacked her and tried to steal her car at a gas station in Atlanta around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. The men punch and drag Warren while struggling to drive off with her vehicle, and she’s not going down without a fight.
“This young man came up to me with a gun in my face, and in that very instant, I knew I wanted to do something about it,” Warren told NBC affiliate WXIA. “I wasn’t going to let him try to take my stuff from me.”
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Warren said the assailants were young and afraid.
“They were just as scared as I was. When I looked at that little boy’s eyes he was just as scared as me,” she told WXIA. “Honestly he was fumbling. It was a lot.”
But when one of the men pointed his gun at her, Warren said she was not sure what could have happened.
“As many times as he kept saying that he was going to do it, he didn’t do it. He wouldn’t do it,” Warren said. “So I don’t know if the gun was loaded, you know you never really know.”
As police continue to search for the violent suspects who most definitely need to see an inside of a jail soon, Warren says she hopes that her near death experience teaches them a lesson.
“I forgive them,” she said. “You’re wrong for trying to rob from me,” she said. “It’s not the end of the world for you. It doesn’t mean that you can’t change and make changes in your life.” she said.
“It’s up to you and I’m willing to help you make those changes,” she added. “It doesn’t make you a bad person. You’ve done something bad but you can always be forgiven for it.”