Woman returns to work after being robbed at gunpoint

Posted at 7:18 PM, Jun 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-26 23:32:18-04

Portsmouth, Va. - A masked robber came into a Portsmouth gas station and he then demanded money. When he put a gun in Catherine Roberts' face, she was sure he was going to use it.

"This is it. I just started praying," said Catherine Roberts, who has worked at the Supreme Petroleum on Woodrow Street for three years.

Earlier in her shift, Roberts had been behind a protected glass wall. The man came in when she was out in the open.

"He grabbed me by the back of my collar and told me to take him where the money was," Roberts said. "It was like he might have been out there already."

The robber was deliberate, never raising his voice at Roberts.

"Pretty calm. That's kind of like what scared me," Roberts said. "Because he was so calm. He's pushing me and tells me to lie down and count to 200."

Roberts didn't think twice about coming in to work Wednesday, just a day after the incident happened.  She says the experience haunts her but she will not let it anymore.

"I'm just trying to put it behind me," Roberts said. "It's almost like I'm facing my fears."

Unfortunately, Roberts says she doesn't recognize the man's voice or his body type.
Given how covered up he was, the description is vague.

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