Delaware reverend forgives teen who robbed him at gunpoint

 (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Dept.)

(Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Dept.)

A Delaware pastor is preaching forgiveness after he was held up at gun point early Wednesday morning by a teenager who carjacked him on the premises of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Wilmington.


According to the Wilmington Police Department 19-year-old Deiondre Travis of Wilmington allegedly carjacked 62-year-old Reverend Paul Williams soon after he got out of his 2010 Nissan Murano. The pastor was dressed as a civilian when the suspect came up from behind, demanding the pastor’s car keys and a cell phone. Reverend Williams who didn’t have a cell phone on him describes what immediately ran through his mind soon after he handed over the car keys.

“The first thing that came to my mind is ‘am I going to die here’ and then my thought turned on him after this whole thing was over with and I said ‘what led him to do this?’ This was an act of violence,” said Rev. Williams.

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After the ordeal, Rev. Williams started to think about a solution to the city’s crime and violent youth.

“I think right now the main thing is we got to get our young men and women employed,” said the pastor.

Meanwhile during midday mass at Saint Joseph Catholic Church on Thursday, Rev. Williams says the lesson taken away from the carjacking that left him unharmed is forgiveness.

“I think also we must do what the New Testament says and that is we must pray for those people who do us harm so that they will change their ways,” he said.

Police have arrested the suspect, Deiondre Travis and located the victim’s car just a few blocks away from where the incident took place. Travis is now awaiting arraignment.

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