A Pascagoula family describes the scariest night of their lives

A Pascagoula family describes the scariest night of their lives
Lonnie Hester (Photo source: WLOX)
Lonnie Hester (Photo source: WLOX)
Mary Hester (Photo source: WLOX)
Mary Hester (Photo source: WLOX)

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A Pascagoula family described to WLOX News what they are calling the scariest night of their lives.

"I heard a knock at the door, so I walked to the door and proceeded to open the door up," Mary Hester said. "As I opened it right here, the first guy came in and put a gun to my head. Behind him, the other guy was on the side. He came in with bandanas around his face, and he put another gun to my head and kind of pushed me behind the door."

Mary her husband, Lonnie Hester, and her brother-in-law, John Hester, were getting ready for bed around 9 p.m. Monday when they were suddenly awakened. Lonnie said he heard his wife scream and he ran out of his room.

"He said, 'This is for real, man. I'm going to kill you,'" Lonnie said. "I said, 'Don't do that. Don't do that, man. Don't do that.' My brother come out and they both freaked out. My brother came out and they said, 'Get your butt down. We will kill you.'"

The family said the armed men ordered them to the bedroom and demanded money, cell phones, jewelry, computers, TVs and drugs.

"She was like, 'Oh my God. Oh my God,' and he was like, 'Shoot her. Shut her up,'" Lonnie said. "I said, 'No, bro. You ain't going to shoot my wife.'"

"He stood in front of me the whole time," Mary said.

Luckily, no one was injured. About 20 minutes into the frightening ordeal, the men took some of the Hesters' things, jumped into a truck and took off.

The Hesters immediately called 911, and minutes later, Pascagoula police tried to pull the men over, but authorities say they fled.

After a short chase, a police K9 was able to catch Randall Alan Williams and Christopher Allen Joiner.

"It was a sigh of relief that he was gone. He's back in prison," Lonnie said.

According to Pascagoula police, both suspects were wanted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department for several other crimes.

Police also told WLOX News the men left behind a book bag at the Hester's home that contains evidence from another crime.

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