by: Ashley Swann Updated:ATLANTA —
Two women told Channel 2 Action News they were robbed at gunpoint by men wearing ski masks at a popular Buckhead shopping center.
Casi Marcus told Channel 2’s Ashley Swann she had just finished dinner with her Bible study group at a Houston's restaurant at West Paces Ferry and Northside Parkway.
“It was a Monday night,” Marcus said. “It was 8:30. It's just not something you would think of at all," she said.
Casi said she wasn't feeling vulnerable as she stood chatting with her friend at her car in the parking lot. But all that changed in a flash when two men wearing ski masks appeared out of nowhere and pointed a gun at her face.
“They just put a gun up to us and asked us for our stuff,” Marcus said. “It was real quick, but scary."
Casi's friend managed to run away as she handed over everything she had. “My wallet, my phone, some jewelry that was in my purse, my organizer, some glasses,” Casi recalled.
Her friend watched as the men sped off along Northside Parkway in a white sedan.
“The Connecticut tragedy had just happened,” Marcus said. “That was the only thing I thought about was just how quickly things can change, and I was just in shock.”
Casi said she's just thankful no one was hurt, and that she can now warn others how important it is to pay attention to what's going on around you at all times.
"I learned a lot of lessons from it,” shared Marcus. “I just hope that everyone's really aware of their surroundings when they're leaving restaurants. And if I've learned anything, don't talk by your car. Just get in your car. If you still need to talk to a friend then just call each other on the phone."