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Valley woman speaks after being held at gunpoint

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VALLEY, AL (WTVM) -

Anger is running through Valley resident Cory Cook's veins after this mother of two became a victim of the attempted robbery and kidnapping that took place in Valley, Ala. on Wednesday, June 17.

"This was the most traumatic experience I've had thus far," says Cook.

Cook was enjoying one of her few days off. After returning to her home on 61st Street from morning errands, she saw a man on a bike who looked suspicious.

The man approached her asking to use her phone and Cook refused.

"Next thing I know he is standing there with a gun pointed to my face," explains Cook, "All of that was kind of a blur mostly. All I remember is him telling me to shut up a million times, and then it lead into getting in the truck."

Their interaction lasted around six minutes, but then the suspect fled when a neighbor drove by, giving Cook time to run.

"Your life really flashed before your eyes. At that moment I didn't know what to do; I didn't know what to say. I told him to take my purse and to go," states Cook.

The suspect approached a second victim just a block away on 23rd Avenue, again, asking a woman to use her phone.

When she refused, the man struck her with his gun and fled.

Thankfully both women are in good condition, but now police need your help locating the suspect.

He is described as a black male in his early 20s, between 5'6 and 5'9 in height, with a slender build and short hair.

He was last seen wearing dark shorts and royal blue shirt with multicolored designs on front.

"Never mind that my 8-year-old is scared now. He doesn't even want to walk the dog. Never mind the face that he had a gun in my face, but he just made life so much more hectic, and we were at the end of all this, we were finally seeing the light and he has just taken it all away," explains Cook.

Cook is thankful the outcome was not worse, but with her sense of security gone, she is considering taking necessary safety precautions to protect her and her family.

"I don't carry pepper spray, I'm not familiar with guns, but I'm going to reconsider everything."

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