JUPITER — A mother with two children in her mini-van was forced at gunpoint by two robbers Wednesday to drive to her bank and withdraw cash.
Ludiveria Martinez Mendoza was at the parking lot in front of the Ross department store at 75 W. Indiantown Road when two young women approached her asking for a ride.
They were Christian, they said, and wanted to go to a pastor's house near Central Boulevard.
Mendoza, 43, agreed, but once she pulled onto Indiantown Road, the woman riding beside her on the passenger seat pulled out the gun and demanded $15,000.
Mendoza drove to the Bank of American on the corner of Indiantown and Central, where she withdrew all her family's savings.
Thinking of nothing else but the safety of her 10-month-old daughter and her 6-year-old son, who were still in the mini-van, Mendoza says it didn't occur to her to ask for help at the bank.
Now she can't sleep, can't eat, and her husband is angry.
"I feel useless," she says.