ATM victim: “I thought he was really going to kill me”

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – “He put the knife further up against me…and i was like ‘Oh God’”.

For Jean Hewitt, the past 48 hours have been difficult.

“I had a heck of a time sleeping; I really did because I was afraid I was gonna have nightmares.”

Hewitt was robbed at knife-point Wednesday evening. She was leaving her mother’s house and needed to stop by the ATM.

“I go to the ATM and grab about $20 so I could get gas in my car because I was on E,”

Hewitt had just entered her PIN when suddenly a man, armed with a large knife, walked up and demanded money. Hewitt says all she thought about was if she was going to live through this.

“I thought he was really going to kill me because you know…having a knife pressed up to your neck, what can you think but ‘Hey I’m not gonna see my kids again, my family, my parents, my siblings,’ that’s what was racing through my mind. I really thought i was gonna die.”

The suspect stole $60 from her account and took off.

“I was hoping to God that he had his picture on the video of the ATM.”

It did; surveillance video at the ATM captured the entire robbery.

“That money was more important to him than his face being shown.”

The suspect’s face is still implanted in her mind and the robbery continues to haunt her.

“I’m never going to an ATM again at night…never.”

$60 is a lot of money to Hewitt, but she’s grateful that something more precious wasn’t taken from her.

“I’m on disability; I only get $721 a month, but you know what…my life is more valuable than $60. I’m here and that’s all that matters.”

Hewitt tells us the bank is working with her and plans to give her the $60 back.

Police say the suspect is a Hispanic man in his 20s; about 5’6″, 140 pounds; wearing black pants, a black hoodie with the hood pulled over his head, gloves on his hands. He spoke with a Spanish accent.

The Grand Rapids Police Department Major Case Team is investigating this robbery. Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345. Silent Observer can also be contacted confidentially at http://www.silentobserver.org.

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