Teenager Ashamed of His 'Mugger' Father Tries to Return Money

<p>Teenager Ashamed of His 'Mugger' Father Tries to Return Money / Touching moment teenager ashamed of his criminal father gave back money he stole from retiree as she visited her husband's grave in cemetery After elderly woman was mugged in an Oklahoma cemetery last week, the last thing she expected was to have the robber's son return her the cash. But Christian Lunsford, 15, a teenager from Moore, wanted to meet his father's victim to put things right. Perhaps even more surprisingly, the victim, Tona Herndon, agreed to meet the teenager in a church parking lot, this weekend. Christian had some money his dad had recently given him and whether it came from Mrs Herndon originally or not, he wanted her to have it. It marked the culmination of an emotional few days for Mrs Herndon who had just buried her husband of 60 years last week. She was visiting his grave site when she was mugged by Christian's father, Shane. 'As the purse came off, I looked him right in the eyes and there was a look in his eyes,' Mrs Herndon recalled to News 9. 'It was a look of pain and my thought was 'He doesn't really want to do this.'' However, police say that's exactly what 39-year-old Shane Lunsford did do to the retiree. His son, Christian, said that he was not surprised to learn of his fathers behavior. 'I kind of suspected who it was because this isn't the first time.' Shane Lunsford had been in and out of jail several times during Christian's childhood. His son, however, seems to be made of sterner stuff and decided to offer Mrs Herndon the cash he had just received from his dad. 'When I found out this whole situation, I didn't know if it was hers or his or how, I just knew I needed to give the money to her,' he said. The two families met at the First Baptist Church of Moore, where Christian, his mother, stepfather and two sisters are members. Christian apologized for his father's actions to Mrs Herndon face-to-face and handed her $250 he received from his father. The gesture touched Mrs Herndon. 'This is a very blessed family, I thank them so much for what they wanted to do, to make things right. That was wonderful.' Then things took an even more surreal twist as Christian was handed the money back upon Mrs Herndon's insistence. 'I was very surprised actually,' Christian said. 'I didn't expect that at all, but it meant a lot.' 'He gave and I received, and I gave and he received, so it worked out,' Mrs Herndon said. Christian's gesture meant more to her than just the cash she said. As for Christian, he will use the money, as planned, for a band trip this in the fall.</p>