Chattanooga man: 'I don't hate them' after being robbed at gunpoint
A Chattanooga man is speaking out after he was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday.
Two people were arrested for two separate robberies, just a block apart. Joseph Hall says 18-year old Damyen Reed and a juvenile suspect held him at gunpoint outside of his home.
Hall says the two young men ran up to him in his yard. They asked him how much money he had, and when he said none, one of them pulled out a gun.
"As I had my back turned to the gunman I was waiting for the gun to go off,” he said. “Luckily it didn't. Maybe he just figured he didn't want to add anymore drama to what was already going on because he was intent on robbing me."
He managed to get back in the house, locked the door and called 9-1-1.
"I was hoping and praying to God that he wasn't going to come in the house where my wife and two young daughters are,” Hall said.
He wasn't the only victim on Tuesday, Chattanooga Police got a call minutes later about a second robbery just a block away on 7th Avenue.
Officers arrested 18-year old Damyen Reed and a juvenile for both incidents.
"It's just a shame that they would go that far to take a life for a few dollars, even if I had it,” Hall said.
Now that the fear has passed, he’s grateful for what didn't happen.
"We've got a lot of small children that play in the streets here, now that it's fall break, and I just didn't want really any of these children to be hurt because this could have been worse than it was,” Hall said.
And for the two young men now behind bars, he shared a message of forgiveness.
"I hope that they learn from their mistake. I don't hate them,” Hall said. “I dislike them because it happened to me, but I don't hate them."
Reed is charged with aggravated robbery. Because the second suspect is a juvenile, he remains unidentified.