Woman held at gunpoint at south Tulsa shopping center

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 4/08/2013 9:28 am Published: 4/05/2013 10:11 pm

Police are warning people to be alert after a Tulsa woman was held at gunpoint in a crowded shopping center.

However, it’s what the woman did that may have saved her life.

She had just finished having breakfast with some friends at 68th & Lewis. As she walked out to her car, she climbed in and reached to close the door. That’s when a man shoved a gun in her face.

The woman was stunned to see the man crouched between her and her car door. He told her, “I’m going to shoot you, and I’m going to kill you.”

At that point, the woman started screaming at the top of her lungs and began honking her horn. She then kicked him in his groin. The man froze and put the gun in his pocket and walked away.

"She immediately did the right thing. She started screaming and honking her horn and drawing attention to herself,” says Tulsa police officer, Jillian Roberson.

Nicole Gibson was in the shopping center at the time and saw what happened.

"I heard a lady get in her car and she was honking and made some noise, and then we had police come and ask us if we had seen some guys in black hoodies running around,” says Gibson.

Nicole says she couldn’t believe that it happened during the day in the middle of a crowded place.

"Almost every day I get in my car and not pay attention and I'm talking on my phone,” says Gibson.

Officers want to remind everyone that crime can happen anywhere and to always be on your guard.

"Try not to be in your purse or on your cell phone looking down. Just take a glance around at your surroundings and see what's going on,” says Roberson.

FOX23 did some checking and discovered that armed robberies of individuals are up this year. From January 1st to April 5th, 2012 there were 128 robberies reported.

So far this year in 2013, there have been 145 reported.  Since Tuesday’s incident, more security has been added to the shopping center.

Police are working on getting a description of the men who were seen in black hoodies. If you were there and saw anything, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers. That number is 918-596-COPS.

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