Lake City, FL — Jacquie Hagler was hosting a party on Friday night when a gun-wielding man entered her home and demanded money. But when Hagler led her friends in repeating the name, “Jesus” over and over again, the alleged robber fled empty-handed.
According to the Lake City Police Department, Hagler was hosting a jewelry party when the alleged robber arrived, demanding that the women present put their money and phones in a black bag that he threw down on the table.
The women initially refused, when the alleged robber pulled out a gun. 24-year-old Derick Jeremny Lee pointed the gun at one of Hagler’s friends.
“He had the gun and Sharon (Hagler’s friend) pushed the gun away and said get that water pistol out of my face,” Hagler reported. When Lee argued that the gun was, in fact, real, Hagler says she could “see the fear in her friend’s eyes.”
She reportedly felt a “boldness come up in her,” so Hagler stood up and shouted, “Get out of my house in the name of Jesus!”
Immediately, the other women joined in and started to shout the name “Jesus,” according to police reports. Lee turned and ran out the door, leaving empty-handed. Hagler said she saw a “look of terror” cross his face before he ran out of the house.
Guest Donna Bowen was fearful. She was attending the party with her 14-year-old daughter Julianna Register. “How everybody reacted and all you knew God’s hand and he was in there, it could have went so differently,” she said.
According to police reports, Lee allegedly decided to try to rob someone who wasn’t going to call on divine intervention, and an attempted ATM robbery was reported that same evening. Police report that the 62-year-old woman at the ATM allegedly started yelling at the suspect, who then ran into the woods.
Hagler says that the experience took her faith to a whole new level. “He is our shield and our protector,” she told local news.
Police arrested Lee and charged him with home invasion robbery.
So maybe God doesn’t really want us to have an assault rifle. It seems like in this case, verbal ammunition got the job done. Twice.
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