Derick Lee, a 24-year-old alleged home invader, was in for a surprise when he purportedly crashed a Premiere Jewelry party that Jacquie Hagler was hosting in her Lake City, Fla., residence on Friday. Rather than scaring the 14 to 18 women he encountered into giving him their money and personal items, it was Lee who ended up fleeing the scene after attendees began chanting "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!"
Upon entering the room, the young man, wearing dark clothing, a bandana and a ski mask, allegedly pointed a handgun at the women and demanded that they give him cash as well as their phones. Despite this horrifying display, one attendee assumed that the spectacle was a joke; she pushed the gun away and said, "It's only a water pistol."
However, when Lee showed the women that the gun had very real bullets, they began to take him seriously, realizing the seriousness of the situation before them. But rather than cowering in the face of fear, Hagler stood up and courageously commanded that Lee leave her home.
"The boldness of the Lord came up in me," she said. "I stood up and I just pointed to the door that he'd came in from. I said, 'Get out of my house in the name of Jesus.'"
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Despite her plea, Lee allegedly threatened the women again, but they weren't planning on backing down. The attendees began shouting Jesus' name and, oddly, Lee purportedly responded by looking around the room in terror -- and then he fled.
Hagler is convinced that invoking the Lord's name provided heavenly assistance that ended up keeping the women safe.
"I promise you, I believe he saw angels. I think he saw who was on our side, and he just turned around," she explained. "The look on his face was just, like, astonishment. He was totally captivated by whatever he saw. He just turned around and ran out the door."
Donna Bowen, an attendee who was at the party with her 14-year-old daughter, confirmed these events and noted that God's involvement helped save the women.
"You knew that God's hand...He was in there," explained Bowen. "It could have went so differently."
Lee was also accused of trying to rob a 62-year-old women at a Bank of America ATM later that same evening. He allegedly ran off during this incident as well when the woman started to scream. Both those at Hagler's party and the women at the bank identified Lee and the suspect was traced back to his father's home; he has been booked at the Colombia County Detention Center, where he is being held on $200,000 bond.
As for Hagler, she is hoping that Lee will become a Christian and turn his life around.
(H/T: Christian Post)