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Florida Women’s Jesus Chants Foil Would-Be Armed Robber Derick Jeremy Lee

Derick Jeremy Lee (Police photo)

Derick Jeremy Lee (Police photo)

A group of Florida women foiled an armed robbery by chanting the name of Jesus Christ, causing the would-be robber to flee.

WLTV reports that Jacquie Hagler and 14 of her friends were having a jewelry party at Hagler’s Lake City home on Friday evening when a young man with a gun entered the house at around 7:45 p.m.

At first, Hagler thought it was some sort of joke, since the party host had just told the women to place their purses in their laps.

It was no joke. Police say the suspect, 24-year-old Derick Jeremy Lee, threw a black bag down on the table and told the women to hand over their wallets and their cell phones.

The women refused.

“He had a gun and (my friend) Sharon pushed the gun away and said, “get that water pistol out of my face,” Hagler told WLTV.

But it was no water pistol, and according to News 4 Jax, Lee held the gun to the woman’s head and said, “I’m not joking, I’m going to shoot someone, give me your money.”

Hagler, who says she saw fear in her friend’s eyes, suddenly felt emboldened.

“Get out of my house in the name of Jesus!” she shouted as she stood and pointed to the door. The other women then all joined in, chanting “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.”

Lee then allegedly stood there in silence for several seconds before a look of terror came over his face and he fled the home empty-handed.

“I believe he saw angels,” Hagler is quoted in the Christian Post. “I think he saw who was on our side, and he just turned around.”

Donna Bowen, who was at the party with her 14-year-old daughter, also saw her God at work.

“How everybody reacted and all, you knew God’s hand and He was in there, it could have went so differently,” Bowen told WLTV.

Police nabbed Lee, who is also suspected of trying to rob an elderly woman at an ATM later that night, at his father’s home near where the attempted robbery occurred. Officers charged him on suspicion of the home invasion robbery; he is being held on a $200,000 bond.

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