Armed Robber Talks about Praying with Victim

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Gregory Smith was jobless and desperate to help his family, so he decided to rob an Indianapolis check-cashing store.

"It was just the last resort. And I mean it was something that I would never think to do," Smith said.

Smith jumped the counter and pointed a gun at the teller Angela Montez.

"I just remember looking at the silver gun and the finger was on the trigger and that's all I can picture," Montez recalled. "And I just thought, this is it, this is it--I'll never see my babies again."

Montez began to cry, and then to pray as she told Smith about her family.

"When she started crying, I mean, just looking at her, and then she started talking about her grandkids and I started thinking about my daughter," Smith explained. "And on so many levels I could relate to what she was talking to me about and then I just broke down."

Smith kneeled down, and the two prayed together for ten minutes, and talked for a half hour more.

Then Smith took the one bullet he had from his gun and gave it to Montez. He left with Montez's cell phone and $20. After leaving, he talked with his mother, who told him to turn himself in. Smith did.

Montez says her heart goes out to Smith and everyone who is suffering through economic hardship.

'Maybe the Lord can use him in jail," Montez said. "Maybe he can speak to other people that's in there for that same reason and throwing their young lives away. He needs to know there are people out there who do care that will help."

Smith faces felony robbery charges, but he says he's learned something through the experience.

"I know not to take anything for granted," he said. "I mean, I know not to put--  I'm trying to build my relationship with God right now."

"Like I said, anything is possible through Him," he added. "I know it's hard now but, I mean, just keep faith, something will happen for you. Just don't go this route."

*Original Broadcast Date: October 24, 2009.

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