After the victim praying over him aloud, an armed robber returned the man’s wallet and cell phone.
Christian News Network reported that 21-year-old Shaquille Hairston was proceeding to the bus stop after work in Euclid, Ohio when he noticed that he was being followed. The robber was armed, and demanded Hairston give him all of his belongings. When Hairston said that he didn’t have much money on him, the man struck him in the head with his gun.
Hairston gave the mugger his wallet and phone. Then, he did the unusual- the victim prayed for the mugger and his family. The robber then returned the stolen items, apologized, and explained that it was his first robbery, and had committed this crime because he was unemployed.
Hairston invited the man to church and offered to help him. The men shook hands and Hairston promised to pray for him.
Hairston said that he prayed because he felt that if this was to be his last night on earth, he wanted to go out knowing that God was with him, and God was on his mind. He said he knew that he would wake up in Heaven.
Police are now looking for the mugger, but Hairston says he has forgiven him.
“My concern has been on him, and that God will touch his heart and tender his heart so he won’t even feel that he has to do that,” he said.