GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Leaders of a Muslim community center and mosque are adding security guards and surveillance cameras after a carjacking and series of car break-ins.
Members of the Ahmadiyyah Muslim Community in Norcross spoke with FOX 5's Marissa Mitchell Saturday.
They said an armed teenager robbed a man of his car last week after a prayer service on the property on Willow Trail Parkway. The incident happened around 4:30 p.m.
"You expect peace here, inside and outside. We are promoting peace. So, for somebody to walk in with a loaded gun, you are not mentally prepared," group treasurer Mansoor Tahir told Mitchell.
According to the incident report, the victim said the young thief wore all black and had a bandana wrapped around his head. He said the crook demanded that he drive him to a nearby Walgreens. And when he refused, the teen pulled out a large, semi-automatic pistol. The man then gave up his keys and the criminal fled in his Nissan Pathfinder, according to the report.
Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Deon Washington said officers later recovered the car. He added the victim reacted in the best way possible.
"Comply. Do exactly what the suspect tells you to do. Keep in mind. We are dealing with property, money, and vehicles. Those are things that can be replaced," Washington stressed.
Members say they don't believe they are being targeted. However, they find it unsettling that crimes are happening where they worship and try to promote peace.
If you have any information on the case, call Gwinnett County Police. Investigators are still looking for the suspect.
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