(PNJ.com) - The woman who was assaulted during a robbery at a local mobile phone store on Wednesday received a pair of surprises this morning on local radio station TK101.
The hosts of the syndicated Lex & Terry Show, which airs locally on TK101, reached out to Jessica Smith, who was punched in the face during a dramatic robbery at the Boost Mobile store on Bayou Boulevard, with an offer to purchase baby gifts for Smith's unborn son.
Smith, who is six months pregnant, said she is "overwhelmed" by the good will she has received since the brutal attack.
"One minute, this horrible thing happens, and the next minute, there's all this love," Smith told the radio hosts. "It's amazing."
But if the generosity of strangers was overwhelming, it was nothing compared to what happened when a man identifying himself as "Aaron, Jessica's boyfriend," came onto the line.
Calling Smith "one of the strongest people in the world" and vowing to never let harm come to her again, he proposed marriage live on the air — and Smith accepted.
The robbery was captured on store surveillance video that quickly went viral on the Internet. Pensacola Police arrested Vincent Lavon Johnson, 41, for the crime Thursday. He has been charged with felony battery, strong-arm robbery and burglary.
Johnson's swift arrest has been attributed to dozens of tips that came in after video of the attack wen viral. Smith told the radio hosts that "it's a relief" that he was caught.
"It was amazing and it worked," she said of the way the video caught wildfire on social media. "It's an awesome method to be used. It's breathtaking."
Johnson was also served a warrant by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office for a May 28 robbery at Happy Nick's Store on Palafox Street. He is charged with robbery and battery in that incident.
Meanwhile, the hosts of the Lex & Terry Show said gifts for Smith's child will be sent to the Pensacola offices of TK101, 6485 Pensacola Blvd. They were giving the address to fans to send gifts, rather than giving out Smith's personal information.