Man robbed at gunpoint shares story

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The victim of an armed robbery was attacked last Thursday while doing a good deed in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood. (WLS)

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The victim of an armed robbery was attacked last Thursday while doing a good deed in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Glenn Verser and other employees of the New Life Ministry were packing food to take to churches when a man walked up to Verser and asked him for a cigarette, before reaching into his waistband for a gun.

Verser said he immediately tackled the man, hoping someone else would grab then gun, but the others ran.

The suspected recovered the gun and pistol whipped Verser, resulting in a gash that required six stitches. He then riffled through Verser's pockets, looking for a wallet to steal, before standing over him.

"When he cocked the gun, I just knew I was a dead man," said Verser.

Verser said he thought of his son and how he'd never get to say goodbye. But just as he thought his life was over, the gunman walked away.

"I'll never forget his face," he said. "Take it to my grave...his face in my mind."

Because a number of witnesses in the area were able to give police a description of the suspect, investigators said they know who they are looking for and are hoping to arrest him soon.
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