SAN ANTONIO -- A couple of band members from Louisiana feel lucky to be alive after they said they were robbed at gunpoint after playing a show here in San Antonio.
There’s a certain amount of intensity that comes with every show performed by the rock band Viridian. However, Saturday night two members of the band would experience something they will never forget after playing a show at The Amp Room. The band was packing up the trailer and getting ready to head back home to Lake Charles, Louisiana until the unthinkable happened.
“This guy just comes up and opens the door and puts a gun to my head and tells me to give him all the cash we have. So I gave him all the cash we had, which really wasn't much, it was $200. Then he told me to scoot over,” Viridian guitarist Curtis Elliot said.
Elliot said the suspect made him steer the wheel while the suspect continued to hold the gun to his head. Another band member was also in the truck.
“I was terrified. I didn’t know what to do. I was thinking of my family, my nieces, all my friends,” Elliot said.
After driving a few blocks Curtis said he realized he had to do something.
“I start grabbing at the gun, the other guy that’s in the truck with me, our other guitar player, he starts punching him in the face,” Elliot said.
The truck ended up crashing into a pole causing a huge dent in the front and a wheel of the trailer to blow out. However, Elliot said the crash allowed him to get the gun away from the suspect.
Elliot said the suspect took off before police arrived, but he’s just happy to be alive.
“You don’t believe something like this will happen until it actually does and then when you’re put in that situation, you don’t know what to do,” Elliot said.
The band said they’ve also received an amazing outpouring of support from all their fans. Elliot said the incident did not put a bad taste in the band’s mouth when it comes to San Antonio and they plan to play future shows in the Alamo City.
(© 2016 KENS)