NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Being the victim of a crime is difficult enough, but it’s hard to imagine the terror you might feel when someone points a gun at your head.
A man who lived through it reached out to 10 On Your Side after teenagers stole his car from a Wawa at gunpoint.
It happened around 9 p.m. at the Wawa on Warwick Boulevard as Anthony Gaiani was on his way home from work.
“I decided that I wanted a sandwich from Wawa,” Anthony Gaiani said. “It was night and I was tired so I wasn’t really paying attention.”
As he unlocked his car, something scary happened.
“When the lights flashed, two kids jumped out of the bushes behind my car and start yelling and screaming,” said Gaiani.
He tried to ignore them and get into his car, but then he felt someone pull on his arm. The teens pulled him out of the car and then he realized they had a gun.
Gaiani said, “The guy with the gun approaches closer, pointing the gun at my head.”
He was just feet away from the gas pumps and tried to call for help.
“They didn’t like that I was yelling for help, and then held the gun to my head and told me to stop or they’ll shoot,” he said.
It was that moment that scared him the most. He said, “It’s totally different when it’s pointed at you and then touching your head with people yelling.”
As one teen held the gun, the other searched through his pockets, eventually getting his keys.
“Maybe they saw me come in and saw I was alone and thought I was an easy target,” he said.
They took off with his car, leaving Gaiani alone and shaken. He said, “Even when you’re tired, you always gotta be aware.”
He’s now waiting to get his car back from police.
Another carjacking happened around 9 a.m. Monday on Madison Avenue. Police say a man with a gun took a woman’s Ford Focus.
Anyone with information in either of these cases is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or use the P3 tips app.