NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "It was like he didn't want to leave," Joseph Nehmi said.
It was just before 1 a.m. Wednesday when a man walked into the Shell Station that Nehmi manages in the 3000 block of General DeGaulle Drive. The man met the cashier at the door and the two started talking when the man pulled out a gun. While there's no audio on the surveillance video obtained by FOX 8, the cashier and robber appear to start arguing.
All the while, the robber had his gun pointed at the cashier.
The gunman pushes his way behind the counter, and moments later, he punches the cashier in the face.
"He wanted to fight more than he wanted the money, you know what I mean?" Nehmi said.
After the punch, the cashier goes to the register and, with the gun pressed into his back, he hands over money.
But it didn't end there.
Even after the gunman has the money, the fight between the two continues back around the counter. Eventually, after taking a few swings, the gunman walks out, gets into a white SUV and drives away.
The cashier was taken to the hospital with a broken jaw, but the NOPD said the situation could have been much worse.
"Sometimes citizens respond and react out of instinct, but what we want is for them to be safe," said Chief Michael Harrison.
Police said robbery victims should just comply.
"We want business owners and people who work in businesses to be safe, do the best they can to survive the encounter. Give us the best information about what you saw and what you heard. Let the police handle it," Harrison said.
Nehmi said the Shell has already been robbed about a half-dozen times in the past.
"It's frustrating. Not all the people are the same, but anybody who comes in, you have to be careful. You can't trust anybody anymore," he said.
He just hopes the robber is caught soon.