March 26, 2014
There is constant sound and motion at DART’s Convention Center Station, and it’s one of Kim Lanphere’s regular stops.
“I use DART 30-to-40 times a week,” she said. “At most stations, I feel relatively safe, because there’s light and people.”
But as of Saturday, her feeling of safety is gone. Dallas police say she passed 23-year-old Jamail Koroma on a sidewalk near the station.
“I felt him change his gait, and at the time I had my bag here,” she said, motioning by her side, “and I put it on my shoulder, just to hold it safe.”
He not only made Lanphere nervous, but another witness, too. A second woman was near the station Saturday evening, and asked us to hide her identity.
“I was like, ‘I don’t feel good about this guy. Something’s not right with this,'” the witness said.
Their instincts were dead on.
“The next thing I know, he goes, ‘Lady, I’ve got a gun, give me your bag!'” Lanphere said.
They struggled, and in those panicked seconds, our witness ran over to help and changed everything.
“When he said, ‘I’ll shoot you,’ then it was, we’re in real danger right now,” she said. “I just pulled my gun and said, ‘Drop it.'”
She has a concealed handgun license, and when she pointed her Glock at Koroma, he ran. He took all of Lanphere’s money, but no one was hurt, thanks to a moment from earlier that morning.
“As I’m about to walk out of the house, something just told me, ‘You might want to carry the gun tonight,'” the witness said.
Never in the three years she’s been licensed had she ever carried it with her, until Saturday night.
“That is amazing. I think there is something about women’s intuition! I really do!” Lanphere said.
And it stopped a robbery and helped keep them safe Saturday.
Officers later determined Koroma was carrying a BB gun. He is facing aggravated robbery charges.
The witness said she’d be carrying her concealed handgun a bit more regularly after last Saturday.