Detroit mother robbed while walking child to school

By Priya Mann - Reporter

DETROIT - A young mother on Detroit's west side feels like the robber knew her routine.

She believes he knew that every morning she dropped her daughter off at the bus stop and walked home with another young child.

"We walk all the time. He's pointing at the squirrels and the trees, then someone says, 'Excuse me,' and I turn around and all I see is a gun," she said.

With a gun pointed at her head, she handed the man her purse. In it were her house keys, car keys and credit cards.

"I'm trying to cooperate with him because sometimes people don't make it out of these things," she said. "They get what they want and they still shoot."

She said the robber told her to get out of his neighborhood.

"I immediately grabbed my son and we ran home," she said.

He kept the gun pointed at her until she walked in the front door.

"Until he is caught and justice is served I will never feel peace," she said.

She can't afford to change the locks on her house or replace the car keys. She has relied on the car to take her hearing impaired son to the hospital.

"I just have to start over again. I have to find a way to get my kids back and forth to school, back and forth to the doctor, get him to the hospital to have his surgery done. It just sets me way back," she said.

She said she doesn't feel safe, can't sleep at night is afraid he's going to show up. After living at her home for a year, she's hoping to move in the next month or so.

She said the man was not wearing a mask and he looked normal. He was wearing a buttoned-up shirt and nice jeans.

Detroit police are investigating.

The woman police told her other women in the area have been targeted in similar armed robberies.

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