FORT BEND COUNTY, TX (KTRK) --The victim of a crime trick designed to catch drivers off guard to rob them says she thought she was doing what she was supposed to.
Shakar Khanu, 64, was the victim of what law enforcement call a "bump and rob."
It happened October 3 at the intersection of Silver Grove Ln and Bridgeton Place in Missouri City's Riverstone community. The incident was captured on a nearby home security camera.
Khanu thought she had been involved in an accident so she did what most people would do. She got out to look at the damage. The driver of the car that hit her got out, but had a gun.
"He came behind me, held my hand and cocked the gun. He said you have the money, give me the money," Khanu told Eyewitness News. "It was a horrible experience."
A second man tried to get into her car but the door was locked. An approaching car scared them off.
The robbers are described as two Hispanic males driving a white 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. They got away with nothing, expect the victim's trust.
"The ideal thing is you would stop. I don't know. Now you would think twice before stopping," said Mohammed Ali, the victim's son.
So what should you do? Bellaire Police Sgt. Anthony Hefferin says always be aware of what's going on around you. If something doesn't feel right, there's nothing wrong with staying in your car.
"One of the things you can do is slightly roll down the window and say, 'hey I'm talking to police just standby they'll be here in a few minutes,'" Hefferin said.
Friday evening, residents in the Riverstone neighborhood gathered with law enforcement for an already-planned neighborhood patrol meeting. They left with good advice, though still uneasy.
"We are concerned because we don't know what's going to happen next. The tricks we have to be prepared for," said neighbor Twinkle Patel.
Anyone who has information on this crime is asked to call the Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281)342-TIPS.