A local Gastonia community is on high alert after a minister says he was jumped right outside his church.
Gastonia police are trying to track down who is responsible.
Marc Newsome says he feared for his life during the robbery, but said a prayer out loud as it was happening.
Newsome is a minister at the Crossfire Worship Center. It happened Friday night at the 702 Linwood Road. He says he had a bad feeling as he walked alone outside the church.
"I heard fast feet running and I said to myself, you're about to get robbed,” Newsome said.
Newsome told police one man started punching him and the other threatened to shoot him. Newsome says he never physically saw a gun.
“He was holding a jacket over it. His hoodie. I couldn't take a chance on it. So I played it like it was real,” he said.
According to Gastonia police, the suspects took $500 in cash, one debit card and a credit card.
Newsome was hoping to put together a fundraiser for the church.
Newsome now wants to use his experience as a teaching moment so kids in the community know the difference between good decisions and the kind that can get you locked up.