15-month-old had gun held to head while mother was robbed. (Source: KLTV staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Details are emerging about a string of robberies that happened Sunday night at three separate locations across Tyler. Another victim came forward and shared her story about a man holding a gun to her child's head as he demanded money. This story might sound familiar because Monday night another a different mother said she went through the same ordeal.
Amanda Chancelor is far from Tyler staying at her sister's home. She said she hasn't even been back to get her things. She hasn't even been able to return home since that incident Sunday night.
"If they haven't been caught then how am I supposed to know that they're not going to drive back by and shoot me or something, and I'm just too scared, I just can't make myself do it right now," she said.
Amanda was just arriving home from work around 10:15 Sunday night to her Royal Crest apartment in Tyler. She had just picked up her son from the babysitter and they were in the parking lot when three men walked up.
"I went to get him out of the car and when I did and I turned around, they were there with the gun in my face and started asking me for money," she described.
Her 15-month-old son, Jacob, started crying. That's when one of the men turned his gun on the baby.
"He threatened to kill my baby and that's when I said just take whatever you want, just please don't touch my baby," she explained.
She threw her debit card at the suspects and they ran off, but she says she was terrified.
"I thought I was fixing to watch them shoot my baby, honestly," she said. "The fact is, it seems like they're preying on people with children and you cross a line when you throw a baby into that."
We asked Tyler police if the three men were targeting families with young children or if it was all just random. They said they didn't know.
Chancelor has since canceled her debit card, though the men did attempt to use it.
"I had a gun held to my head and my son's head for them to get gas and try to get Jack In The Box," she said.
Though, she didn't lose any money, it's the loss of security she said she'll miss most.
Police had identified a car they thought might be related to this case, but at this time are not sure. If you have any information on these robberies you are asked to call Tyler police immediately.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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