Woman arrives home to masked gunman waiting in driveway in Deltona

'I thought he was going to shoot me,' woman says

By Jennifer Ortega - Reporter

DELTONA, Fla. - A Deltona woman arrived home Tuesday to an armed masked man pointing a gun in her face in her driveway.

"I didn't know what he was capable of doing," she said. "I didn't know, and that my child could come outside and I was dead on the lawn."

Still visibly shaken from the attack, she wanted to remain anonymous, scared the man could come back to her home.

She told News 6 she was just getting back from the store Tuesday night when the incident happened.

"I had a cake in one hand and I had groceries in the other hand," she said. "There was a strange person standing there, dressed in all black, his face covered up, pointing a gun at me."

She said that's when he demanded money and nothing else.

"I said, 'I don't have any money.' He just took his hand on the cake box and went bam, and smashed it, and as soon as he did that, I thought he was going to shoot me," she said.

Moments later, she said her daughter opened the front door.

"He stood there and looked at her, and then pointed the gun at her and then back at me," the woman said. "I was screaming, 'Call 911! Call 911! And he just started running that way and kept running," the victim said.

Since the attack, she's gotten pepper spray and is warning others to keep an eye out.

"Be completely aware of your surroundings. Don't take anything for granted, and just be careful," she said. "I'm very thankful that, I don't know why, but he didn't kill me."

The victim said the man was calm, like he'd done something similar before.

Detectives said the same night, another armed robbery happened 5 miles away and that they could be connected.

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