YEARS AGO, my office sent me to see an office building that someone had said they either wanted built exactly that way or purchased close to it. I was to photo the place and gather data for a BPO. I go to the building and park. On the way to the main entrance, I start taking pictures of the underground structure and the parking area. As I am finished with my 4th shot, a woman comes out of the underground building very aggressive and rapidly runs up to me and loudly says
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE
I had my camera in one hand and a full page email instruction on this property in the other. On the email, it stated for me to notice the building materials, layout, location of building and access. It was specific and cc several people and had addresses and phone numbers. I tell this rather questionable woman while holding up this paper I am doing a BPO...
I THOUGHT SHE WAS MENTALLY DISTURBED
She then asks me like we never talked..WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? I realized instantly she was not in her right mind and calmly said, I already told you mam. I am here doing an appraisal all the while walking away from her. She took this as running away from her. It made her even more aggressive..WHOA
FOR THE THIRD TIME SHE ASKED ME AGAIN
She became semi-hysterical and again began asking me why am I taking pictures and what am I doing there? After explaining this three times, I knew I needed to leave this place and this woman. Before I could, another woman comes out hysterical, very aggressive and asks me the same thing. I said mam (holding up the email), I am doing an appraisal and I just explained it to the other woman. She then went nuts.
I AM DIALING 911
I started walking real fast to my car which seemed like a long way off. I dialed 911 because I didn't think I would make it safely there with these two screaming women. I was going to report where I was and that I thought myself to be in danger and how two women were interefering with me walking away
YOU ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE...WHOA
The first woman ran into the building while I was talking to the second woman who is screaming saying you are NOT going anywhere and I said...Mam, I am leaving right now and started to walk fast to my car. Right then, 6-8 people came out one armed with a gun pointed at me yelling at me to stop. These are bearded, scruffy long hair type biker looking people surrounding me all screaming and yelling. I thought I stumbled into a drug operation without a doubt in my mind
DROP THAT CELL PHONE RIGHT NOW
The gun was pointed at my face. I was told to drop my cell phone right now. I kept moving toward my car. I was still in an underground semi-dark parking lot where no one could see or hear me. I didn't want to let go of my phone because I had 911 operator just getting on the phone. The gunmen told me to drop that phone or else. I wouldn't do it.
EVERYTHING SLOWED DOWN TO SLOW MOTION
I was between heaven and hell literally. Things became surreal like a dream. I felt suspended between two worlds. I have never had an experience like this before. I was in another plane and dimension where you no longer have a say so anymore. I kept thinking if I don't speak to the 911 lady right now... RIGHT THIS SECOND, I am goner for sure.
THE GUNMAN MADE THE DECISION TO KILL ME..I KNEW AS SURE AS I WRITE THIS POST
The guy who had the gun on me looked me in the eye, screaming over and over DROP IT NOW..NOW DROP IT and his voice kept getting higher and higher. I knew where this was going and without a doubt I knew I was going to be shot dead. I closed the cell phone to show I was in some sort of compliance and then lowered it very slowly away from my ear still holding on to it. MY FINAL WORDS BEFORE I WAS TO DIE: you will never get away with this. Too many people know I am here. With that, I surrendered to my fate
THE PHONE STARTS RINGING IN MY HAND
Before I was to let go of the phone, it started to ring in my hand. I kept thinking this was my help and my hope but the guy was ready to fire and I slowly lowered the ringing phone all the way to the ground his gun following me right along. It kept ringing and ringing. It was now part of this horrible dream nightmare..the ringing, the gun and being surrounded by bikers and drug dealers.
JUMPED AND TAKEN TO THE GROUND HARD
I was thrown to the ground hard by several of these men and sat on while I was cuffed with my head held down even harder that I felt the grains of the driveway embed into my face and cut deep. I could not move a muscle nor was I trying to. I always wondered what the end would be like and thought this isn't so bad. I HAD NO FEAR and I was very happy for that. That was something, a gift from God thought I and I cherished it.
STRIPPED AND SEARCHED IN DETAIL HEAD TO FOOT
I then was roughly stripped of everything in my pockets before I could catch a single breath. I was told not to move and I couldn't anyway. About 15 people gathered around. Meanwhile, my phone is ringing off the hook non stop.. RING...RING...RING. A reminder of what was not to be. How haunting an expereince this was as I was living it...
This is far from over...please click below to go to part 2