BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A former NFL player spoke out one day after an armed robbery gone wrong.
Supported by crutches, former NFL player Nathan Black is moving slowly after a bullet tore through his thigh. He said the event is still replaying in his mind just a little over 24 hours after it all unfolded.
It was after 4 a.m. Monday when Black and a friend, April Crifasi, said they had pulled into Quail Hollow Townhomes on Siegen Lane after an overnight drive from Florida. Both said they noticed a car pull in behind them, but didn't think much of it.
Black, who is a personal trainer, said he was looking ahead to his 5 a.m. session and quickly went inside the townhome. Crifasi was getting out of the car to unload their bags.
"As soon as I opened the door, I was met at the side of the car with a gun to my chest," Crifasi said.
She said the assailant was a tall man in a hoody who demanded she hand over everything. Crifasi said she started screaming for help, which Black said he heard from inside.
"They're taking April. They're taking April. That's all I thought about," Black said.
Crifasi said the suspect then punched her, and she fell back into the car and quickly pulled the door closed behind her. At the same time, Black said he had run out of the house and after the suspect, believing his friend was being kidnapped.
"By the time I got to them, I realized she wasn't with them. They had already started opening fire on me," Black said. "They kept firing and I felt it in my leg and I just kept going. I just kept going until I got behind the dumpster and not even looking at them, just hoping they weren't coming around the corner to finish me off."
Black was hit in the leg. The bullet missing an artery by inches.
Black said the suspect drove off and Crifasi quickly came to his aid, loading him up and driving to the hospital while she dialed 911.
Still shaken, both Black and Crifasi said their only hope is that the suspect is caught.
"We just really want to catch who did this. They don't need to be on the streets. They need to be in jail," Crifasi said.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7687.