DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Seven-months pregnant and looking down the barrel of a gun, a local mother says she was punched in the face and robbed right in front of her young son.
“I saw my whole life flash before my eyes. My unborn baby’s life, my son’s life,” said victim Jenna Perkins, who’s from the United Kingdom but lives in Hurst now.
The violent attack happened after Perkins posted on Facebook about wanting to sell her cell phone.
A woman who read the post started texting and calling about buying the phone.
“She was asking me, ‘how far along I was’ and ‘how I was doing with it, and asking about my son’. I guess that was her way of making me feel comfortable,” said Perkins.
The woman asked Perkins to meet her at the Bon Air Baptist Church in south Oak Cliff to make the exchange for $50.
“I just kept thinking, ‘I’m in a church parking lot. I should be ok‚’ but that’s not the case,” said Perkins.
But she was far from ok.
A man hit her, slamming the mother’s head into the steering wheel after she pulled up into the empty church parking lot.
“And I felt the gun to my head. And him yelling‚ ‘hand me your wallet, hand me your wallet.’ ”
Perkins said she clutched her stomach and screamed during the attack. But her screams fell on deaf ears. It didn’t seem to phase her attacker that Perkins’ young son was in the backseat either.
“I felt like the worst mother in the world. And that feeling will not go away for a very long time,” she said. “I keep playing it back in my head. I should have done this, I should have done that…”
Perkins’ wallet was stolen during the attack, which had her green card inside it. She had to cancel a family trip home in few months to introduce her family abroad to the new baby.
A major inconvenience, sure – but neither Perkins, nor her children were harmed. Although, her young son is understandably terrified and confused by what happened.
“I just hope they get caught because I don’t want anyone else to suffer what I had to go through,” said Pekins.
Anyone with any information about this crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373.8477.
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