KEMAH, Texas - "It was very scary," she said.
So scared, she
says it was like it was happening to someone else. Let's take you
back to the beginning. It was Saturday afternoon. She was at this Kemah
gas station she was distracted talking on her cell phone, when a man
approached her and demanded everything she had.
"So when he tried
to take my phone from me I jerk it back and I say ‘no'. He looks at me
and says, 'I have a gun,' and that's when I notice he did have a gun.
For emphasis, he fired a shot into the air.
He demanded she
get in the car and drive off. Luckily, other people were paying
attention, and some other customers who witnessed what was happening
jumped in their cars. They followed them.
While she drove she
talked to her kidnapper, he told her his wife had left him. She told him
she was sorry about that. Then she asked an incredible question.
asked him, ‘Will you put the gun away?' We had a little bit of a
conversation at this point and had calmed down a little bit because he
was telling me how he feels. He says yeah I'll put it away and he takes
out the magazine."
The Kemah police chief praises the witnesses and victim for their calmness.
followed her from a distance calling 9-1-1 with critical information,
and we were able to have a positive outcome," said Chief Walter Gant.
The outcome was a swift arrest with nobody hurt.
is currently in the Galveston County Jail. As for Shasta, she says her
feelings about her attacker are complicated. She insists she's not
"I'm upset at the choices he made. You ruined your life. You definitely don't deserve to be in society," she said.
She said she also said she's definitely more aware since this happened and she's planning on getting her handgun license.