NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police on Tuesday arrested 20-year-old Daniel Means who is accused of robbing Brother's Food Mart in the 5100 block of St. Claude twice in one night.
Investigators credit the suspect's mother for the quick arrest.
"He came in with a gun, like, it was intentional," said store manager Tony Kamboj. "He was robbing the store."
Surveillance video captured the dramatic armed robbery around 2 a.m. Sunday.
Police said Means came in through the front door, pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded cash.
"He got like maybe $700, and he just left and everything was OK. The police came here," Kamboj said.
Two hours later, it happened again.
"The same guy came back with a gun," Kamboj said.
This time, Kamboj told FOX 8 that Means came in, again demanding money, but the clerk didn't give it to him. Instead, he said Means grabbed some cigars and the clerk, who was armed, fired at him, shattering the front door.
"He said he did it for self-defense," Kamboj said.
Later that day, the store manager said he got a surprise visit from Means' mother and sister.
"They came here. They explained us, they told us, like, it was their son, and he robbed the store. They gave me their cell phone," Kamboj said.
The manager said he was shocked to hear from the suspect's mother. According to the police report, Means' mother cooperated with officers and told them when her son was at her home. The report also said Means admitted to police that he robbed the Brother's store on two occasions.
He stated after the first robbery, "he fled to a nearby abandoned residence and blacked out," before going back again later. He also told police, according to the report, that he tossed a handgun into the river.
"Now, we are requesting the police department to come her two or three times a day, just as a routine so we can feel safe," Kamboj said.
However, the store manager said he hasn't seen the NOPD since the robberies, and he said the clerk who worked that night decided to quit his job.
Means remains in custody on a $200,000 bond.