An Atlanta woman who fought back against two armed carjackers is now offering a message of hope and forgiveness to the young men: “You’ve done something bad, but that doesn’t make you a bad person.”
Jasmine Warren was getting gas at the Exxon station on Hamilton Holmes around 10:30 Saturday night when two hooded men crept from behind one of the pumps and attempted to steal her car, 11 Alive News reports. Surveillance video captured the whole ordeal and shows a determined Warren fighting back against her attackers.
“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,” she told 11 Alive. “I wasn’t going to let him try to take my stuff from me.”
The assailants can be seen in the video punching and dragging Warren from her vehicle in an attempt to get away. She confirmed to the news station that one of the men did point a gun at her and repeatedly said he was going to shoot her, but never did.
“So I don’t know if the gun was loaded, you know you never really know,” Warren said.
According to The New York Times’ “Women in the World,” bystanders saw the attack unfold, yet no one jumped in to help. Warren clearly didn’t need any. A video montage posted on her Facebook page shows Warren pumping iron at the gym, the news publication reports. It looks like she used those muscles, which have contended in bodybuilding competitions per her Facebook page, to fight off her attackers that night.
11 Alive reports that Warren decided to fight back because she could tell the suspects were young and scared. Warren’s relentless resistance to hand over her car keys caused the two men to eventually cower and run off.
“They were just as scared as I was,” she said. “When I looked at that little boy’s eyes he was just as scared as me,” she said. “Honestly, he was fumbling. It was a lot.”
Now that the whole ordeal is over, Warren says she forgives the two men for what they tried to do and even wants to help them turn their lives around.
“I understand y’all wanted to rob and take from me, but I care for you and I still would like to help you, whatever it takes,” she said. “I just want to help you. Make it better for yourself.”
Police are still searching for the suspects.