Local mother reacts to being held at knife-point in front of her children

Published: Feb. 14, 2020 at 11:15 AM CST
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A woman was arrested in Bryan after police say she approached Casandra Perez in her mother's driveway while she was putting her kids in her vehicle.

According to authorities, Nakeshia Johnson, 39, pulled out a 10-inch knife while walking up to the victim on West 21st Street around 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Johnson reportedly told the victim to hand over her money.

The victim, Perez, is a mother of two. She says it was the scariest day of her life.

“She was like ‘give me your money; give me your money,’” said Perez.

Perez said she immediately jumped in her truck and drove off. Perez thought she had seen the last of her attacker until she Johnson found a bike.

Johnson caught up to Perez at a stop sign while the victim was behind another vehicle.

“I was at a stop sign, and she was on a bike and stopped right next to my door, and then she was laughing and waving a machete,” said Perez.

Once Perez was able to turn at the stop sign, she got away and called 911.

“She did exactly what she was supposed to do,” said Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan Police Department. “She got out of there, she called us, gave us a great description of the suspect. Later we were able to locate someone who fit the description and ultimately arrested a female for that offense.”

Police found Johnson at Neal Park about 20 minutes later. Police say the knife she was waving at Perez was ten inches long.

She originally gave police a different name because she was worried there were warrants out for her arrest.

Throughout it all, Perez said there was only one thing on her mind.

“I was panicking because I thought something was going to happen to my kids,” said Perez. “They’re everything to me because they’re the only thing I have.”

Johnson was arrested and charged with robbery, failure to identify, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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