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Woman robbed at gunpoint by man posing as Safe Passage worker

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A prominent pastor's wife is still shaken up after she was robbed at gunpoint in front of their West Side home Wednesday.

Pricilla Hatch says the man who robbed her was wearing a fluorescent vest, similar to the kind worn by Safe Passage workers or even a utility worker.

The family lives just a few short blocks from a Safe Passage in the Austin neighborhood. Hatch was walking out of her home around 6:40 Wednesday morning when she was approached by the man.

She didn't think much about him walking in between the homes because of the vest he was wearing. That's when he walked up to her and pointed a gun in her face.

"I began to scream and yell for my life," she recalled. "You know because my life was in danger, I didn't know if he was going to pull the trigger or what. So, as I continued to scream, he took off with my purse and he ran off."

"Without that neon vest, he wouldn't have gotten close to her," Pricilla's husband, Marshall, told FOX 32. "That's what disarmed her, you figure out that's the ruse. And then once we were looking for him and you saw how he blended in with the scenery even if he still had the jacket on then that's when I knew we had a problem."

Neighbors say this is the third robbery on this block in the past three weeks.

Sources say that the description of this suspect wearing a fluorescent vest doesn't appear to show a pattern.

A community meeting is scheduled in the neighborhood on Saturday to talk about safety concerns.

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