It makes for a rather fantastical tale — Indiana Pastor Carl Sanders walked into a Dollar General store to purchase Gatorade and found himself in the middle of a heist.
The store seemed unusually quiet Friday night, Sanders told NBC local news affiliate WFIE. The Covenant Life Ministries preacher entered to witness a man in a bandana ordering the store clerk to hand over cash.
The robber, later identified as 25-year-old Jermaine Dewayne Marshall, turned to Sanders with his hand wrapped in plastic. The concealed object was found to be only a spoon, however at the time, it was impossible to judge.
“He was telling me to get on the ground, but that's when I pulled my weapon and said, 'no, you get on the ground….I told him don’t move, put your face down on the ground, don’t even look at me right now. And I just told him ‘this is out of love,’” Sanders stated.
Marshall remained on the ground, until police arrived. Sanders confirmed he will be visiting the robber in jail.
Watch video coverage of the event here: