By Ava-joye Burnett

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — City police say a 65-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint in the 4400 block of Park Heights Avenue on Christmas Eve, where four suspects took his car.

Around 6 a.m., preparing for a community breakfast, Rev. Earl Blue of Jehovah Jireh Holistic Ministry, parked his car, and when he exited, he was approached by four unknown suspects who announced a robbery and then stole his car.

Rev. Blue said he could only see the suspects’eyes.

“The whole time I had my clergy collar on, they knew I was a pastor or a reverend,” he said. “When I turned around, they had a gun pointed at my head and I became angry for a moment.”

Rev. Blue said the anger only lasted for a few seconds, because even in that moment, he had a connection with the very people who took his SUV
and drove off.

“God changed my heart from anger into compassion for those little kids,” he said.

The pastor said he recently bought the SUV a few month ago. Police said they’ve recovered it, but they will have to take it to the body shop.

“Again these are individuals patrolling that area, prowling looking for a victim,” said Captain Jarron Jackson of the Baltimore Police Department.

The incident was captured on surveillance video, but the suspects have not yet been identified.

Rev. Blue says the church, which also doubles as a rehabilitation facility, has been broken into before, and that’s why the cameras were installed.

“I feel blessed. I really don’t have any remorse about anything, about the incident, because what it did is put those young men at the top of my prayer list.”

The reverend also said the suspects initially took his phone and his church ID, but they drove back and returned the items before driving off with his SUV.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call detectives from the Citywide Robbery Unit at 410-366-6341 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.

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