KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City mother says her life flashed before her eyes, when masked men forced her family's car off the road and robbed them at gunpoint.
The chilling crime happened in South Kansas City near Skiles Avenue and 104th Terrace as the family was driving home from the movie theater.
It was a moment described as "pure terror” by a mom too scared to share her name or show her face.
“It was horrific,” she said. “I mean, literally when they say, ‘Your life flashes before your eyes.’”
“I’m just saying, ‘God, please, just let your angels just protect us.’ I just kept saying, ‘In the name of Jesus, help us! Help us! Help us!’”
She said she prayed for protection for herself, her husband and their 11-year-old son, when their car was side-swiped and forced off the road by another car just one block from their home.
After putting it in park, their doors flew open and a masked man put a gun in their faces.
“He said, ‘Give me all you got, empty your pockets,’” she recalled. “I gave him my wallet. He took the cash out of my wallet. My son fell asleep in the backseat. He woke up, and then he kind of put the gun in his face.”
It was then that this mom feared her family might die.
“I`m like, ‘Is my life over?’” she wondered as tears streamed down her face. “’Is this the last time I’m going to see my family?’ It was really a bad situation. I mean, it just makes you think about life and your loved ones.”
Thankfully, once the robber got all the cash they had, he hopped into his getaway car and he and his accomplice took off.
But the crime still haunts this mother.
“I just can’t believe people are so evil to the point they can just ride up on your car,” she said, “and just point a gun in your face and just take stuff from you.”
She is now pledging to stay on high alert, as she never takes life for granted again.
“It`s just a matter of life and death,” she said. “You just don`t know. You just don`t know from one day to the next. Life is really precious.”
Police told the mom that the robbers crashing into her car was part of their strategy, as it forced her to pull over. Her advice to everyone is if someone's car hits yours, drive to a well-lit area or a nearby police station before you stop.
The mother described the robber who held her family at gunpoint as black, between the ages of 20 and 25. He was wearing a black bandanna over his face, a black and yellow striped shirt, and dark pants.
She said the gunman was working with another man who was behind the wheel of a gray Audi hatchback with four doors.
If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.