UPDATE: Woman lucky to be alive after armed carjacking outside church


News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

CLEARWATER, S.C. (WRDW) -- Vicki Babb's emotions are still rattled, her hands are still shaking, and she's still having flashbacks. Sunday night, the North Augusta woman had to plead for her life.

"It's horrible. I didn't know whether I was going to live or die at that point," she tells News 12. "I was just praying that God would be there with me, and he was. He always is, and He protected me."

According to an incident report, the 56-year-old had her car stolen in the parking lot of Clearwater First Baptist Church by two armed men around 8:25 PM on Sunday.

After Sunday evening church service, Babb had a routine choir practice. The trip home, however, was anything but routine.

"I went to get in my car. I opened the car door and sat down in the driver's seat. As I sat down, somebody from behind me said give me your car keys," Babb recalls.

At first, Babb thought it was a joke. It was relatively early, and at least 20 more cars were still in the church's lot. Other choir members were in the process of going home as well.

"I kind of sat there for a minute, and he said, 'Give me your car keys, or I will shoot you.' At that point, I just begged for him not to shoot me. All I can remember was saying 'Please don't shoot me! Please don't shoot me!'" says Babb.

Babb got out of the car. She says the man, who was wearing a black hoodie, sat her down on the asphalt. She was facing away from the car. Babb says the man in the hoodie then had another person help.

"He just said, 'If she moves, shoot her.' So, I never really saw another guy, so I don't know if there was anybody there or not, but that's what he said," says Babb.

The two suspects got away with the woman's car. The victim told deputies that she wasn't able to get a good description of the men.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has no good leads. There is no surveillance video either. However, deputies are asking for the public's help. The stolen car is a 2007 Lincoln MKZ that is light beige in color. It has a South Carolina license plate of HUG240.

"Just be careful, that's all I can say. No matter where you are -- at church, school, home, or wherever -- just please watch all around you," says Babb.

The Sheriff's Office encourages anyone with tips to call them at 803-648-6811.


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