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AUSTIN (KXAN) — “You are looking down a barrel of a gun hoping that you don’t see a bullet,” said an Austin student who was beaten and robbed at gunpoint while his girlfriend watched live on FaceTime.

The screen shots shows one of the suspects pointing a gun to Yale Gerstein’s head and another one beating him while he’s on his bed. Watch the interview with the teen as he walks you through the events from that terrifying night.

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