Vic­tim to men who robbed him: ‘I want to bless you’

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By Adam Sa­casa Staff writer

Gio­vanni Gomez went from be­ing scared to feel­ing sorry for the men who forced him to empty his bank ac­count at gun­point and stole his car at a Boyn­ton Beach ATM.

By the end of the or­deal, the restau­rant server and evan­ge­list could only watch as the armed rob­bers drove off with his car, cash, iPhone, and about $3,000 worth of audio equip­ment.

Gomez told Sun Sen­tinel news­part­nerWPEC-CBS12 that he uses the am­pli­fiers, mix­ers and other sound equip­ment for an out­door ser­vice called Church in the Wild that’s held monthly on Clema­tis Street, West Palm Beach.

In­stead of fight­ing, Gomez said he of­fered the men his be­long­ings. He said he told them: “I just want you to know I want to give this to you. Be­cause I don’t know what you’re go­ing through but I want to give this to you and I want to bless you right now.”

Gomez, 26, from Lake Worth, told po­lice the rob­bery and car­jack­ing hap­pened at about 11:30 p.m. Mon­day at the drive-thru ATM at the Chase Bank branch at 555 N. Congress Ave.

Af­ter he de­posited his restau­rant pay­check, two men, one armed with a gun, walked up to his sil­ver 2012 Honda Civic.

“He said ‘I’m comin’ in and you’re gonna give us all your money,’ ” Gomez said.

Get­ting into the back­seat while his ac­com­plice sat in the front pas­sen­ger’s seat, the armed man pointed his gun at Gomez’s head and de­manded he with­draw money from the ATM, po­lice said.

“At first I was scared be­cause ... he had the gun pointed right atmy face and he looked an­gry and he looked like he was ready to pull the trig­ger,” Gomez said.

He was then or­dered out of his car and forced to hand over his wal­let and iPhone. While the gun­man climbed into the driver’s seat, the sec­ond man got into a gold Nis­san Al­tima in the park­ing lot and both cars drove away.

“You just re­al­ize how frag­ile life is and how it can be gone in a mo­ment, and you know all the stuff we have, it’s cool but it’s just stuff,” Gomez said.

Gomez walked back to where­he­workedand called 911.

The gun­man is de­scribed as clean-shaven with gold teeth. He was wear­ing a black beanie cap, gray Tshirt and black shorts. The sec­ond man could be in his late teens, po­lice said.

WPEC-CBS12 re­porterAl Pe­fley con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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