The woman who fought back two armed carjackers has a message for them: "You've done something bad, but that doesn't make you a bad person."
Surveillance video shows Jasmine Warren fighting off two young men as they punched, pushed, and dragged her from her car. She refused to give in. She told 11Alive's Duffie Dixon she made that decision as soon as the attack started.
"This young man came up to me with a gun in my face, and in that very instant, I knew I wanted to do something about it. I wasn’t going to let him try to take my stuff from me," she said.
Warren was at the Exxon gas station on Hamilton Holmes and I-20 at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Her two hooded attackers emerge from behind the gas pumps and try to steal her car.
Her determination to fight back has drawn criticism from some and amazement from others. She said it's because they were young and scared.
"They were just as scared as I was. When I looked at that little boy’s eyes he was just as scared as me," she said. "Honestly he was fumbling. It was a lot."
One of the men did point the gun at her. Warren isn't sure what could have happened.
"As many times as he kept saying that he was going to do it, he didn’t do it. He wouldn’t do it," she said. "So I don’t know if the gun was loaded, you know you never really know."
As police continue to search for the two suspects, Warren has a message for them: "I forgive them."
"You’re wrong for trying to rob from me. It’s not the end of the world for you. It doesn’t mean that you can’t change and make changes in your life," she said. "It's up to you and I’m willing to help you make those changes. It doesn’t make you a bad person. You’ve done something bad but you can always be forgiven for it."
She even offered to help the two turn their lives around.
"I understand ya’ll wanted to rob and take from me, but I care for you and I still would like the help you whatever it takes. I just want to help you," she said. "Make it better for yourself."
There is a CrimeStoppers reward in the case of up to $2,000. Anyone who thinks they know who the two men are should call CrimeStoppers -- 404-577-TIPS (8477).