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Boost Mobile victim's reaction over the assault and robbery
Escambia County - Pensacola Police arrest the man accused of punching a woman in the face during a robbery.
Vincent Johnson of Pensacola was charged with felony robbery, strong-arm robbery and burglary.
Officers say Johnson entered the Boost Mobile on Bayou Boulevard and hit employee Jessica Smith in the face.
Johnson then demanded Smith to tell him how to open the register. Johnson left with an undisclosed amount money from and the store's phone. Smith is pregnant and was taken to the hospital with a broken nose.
As soon as you walk into the Boost Mobile Store you better smile because you're on camera and it was that video that lead to the arrest. Employee Jessica Smith was standing at the counter inside the Boost Mobile Store when Vincent Johnson walked inside. She had been working at the cell phone store since April.
"I was engaging with a customer and the who had walked in and next thing I knew I had blacked out and thought I was still at the counter, but I was on the floor and blood was pouring out my nose and this guy was telling me to keep my head down. I thought he was going to kill me," said Jessica Smith.
Johnson asked Smith how to open the register she explained and he started grabbing cash and stuffing it inside his pockets.
Smith quickly pleaded with Johnson telling him she was pregnant. He then grabbed the store phone and left the building.
Smith called for her boss Crystal. Then she got up and immediately hit the panic button .
"I don't think I was thinking really I think it was more fight or flight and there was a struggle trying to keep conscious, but I knew I had to stay awake and get help somehow," said Jessica Smith.
But, help was already on the way because the owners saw everything from home. Thanks to an app on their phone. The system even allows them to hear their employees speak.
"Your hearts dropped, " said Bob Wilson, owner.
Authorities had already been alerted.
"He's a dirt ball and I can only say that lightly," said Bob Wilson.
The video quickly made its rounds on social media sites. And less then 24 hours later Vincent Johnson was arrested. Thanks to several tips. On North Roosevelt Street where he ran from officers and was eventually taken down by a K-9 unit.
"Being able to see the video not only did it help in terms of identify him, but it also kind of gave everyone who saw an idea of how bad this was," said Capt. David Alexander.
Smith and her baby are doing well. But, she does have a broken nose
"I'm alive, my baby is alive, my family is alive, and there is a lot to be thankful about," said Jessica Smith.
"Our hearts go out to her she is part of our family," said Bob Wilson.
Johnson was charged with felony battery, strong-arm robbery, and burglary. He had nothing to say to our cameras. But, Smith had a message for her attacker.
"I just really hope that some how there's something inside of him that clicks and he will want to do some kind of good in his life and maybe change his life some how. I just really hope that for him," said Jessica Smith.
Bob Wilson owner of Boost Mobile did offer a $1,000 reward for anyone who turned Johnson in to authorities and he plans to pay the award as soon as he's given more details.