LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A terrifying incident left a Louisville woman traumatized, scared and heartbroken.

“I'm scared. I'm scared for my life. You know. It just hurts so bad. Now my kids’ Christmas is gone,” she said. The woman has asked to conceal her identity as police continue to search for a suspect.

On Dec. 16, she said she went to Citi Trends to pick up her Christmas layaway for her kids. That's when a man slid into her passenger seat, held her at gunpoint and told her to drive to an ATM.

“I pulled up to PNC. He's like, 'Swipe your card.' I'm like, 'Dude, I don't have any money,'” she said.

She emptied her back account and then the man demanded she continue driving until they came to 36th Street near River Park.

“He told me to get out so next thing I know I got out of the car and knocked on the first door that was available for them to call the police. I thought this was just the end of my life right there,” she said.

The man spared her life but took her car. Now, she's just counting her blessings.

“I thank God that I'm alive and I'm seeing my children for the holidays. It's not about the materialistic stuff as long as I can see my children on this earth and mommy's still here,” she said.

Police said the same suspect is responsible for a similar incident that happened in the same area just a few days earlier. If you have any information, you can call 574-LMPD.