Rash of armed robberies of businesses

Rash of armed robberies of businesses

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - At George's Auto Body Shop on Earhart Boulevard, a gunman caught a mechanic off guard inside a tire storage area.

"So he came to here, in front of the door, and he pulled the gun out and came straight at me," said the victim.

It was around 5:30 p.m., and with traffic flowing nearby, the mechanic said the man walked up and pressed the gun into his chest.

"He told me to give him what I had. I said, 'Hold on. Don't shoot me,'" said the victim.

As he was handing over the money, the victim said the gunman seemed to get nervous.

"Then he was like, 'Don't get too close to me.' I was like, 'Don't shoot.' When I was handing him the money, he tried. It was like a revolver, and he tried. I saw him do it and I said, 'Please don't do it,'" said the victim.

The victim said he could see the gunman with his hand pressed against the trigger, and he thought his life was over. Instead, the gunman made the mechanic take off his socks and shoes to prove he didn't have any more money to hand over.

"I said, 'I don't have nothing. Please don't kill me,'" said the victim.

Eventually, the robber left on foot.

Police also investigated three armed robberies of businesses along South Claiborne Avenue. It was 1:45 in the afternoon when police say a man walked up to the window of Rally's, pulled out a gun and demanded cash.

Just a block away from Rally's, police say the same man walked into the Diamond Beauty Supply around 7 p.m. and implied he had a weapon.

The employee, though, locked the cash register and hit the panic button while another employee quickly dialed 911.

The robber ran.

Seven minutes later and just seven blocks away at It's Fashion Metro, surveillance video shows that same man with his face covered entering the store.

"He was like, 'Don't move.' He said, 'Everybody will go home safe. I just need the register open,'" said the victim.

The manager said she did exactly what he wanted and handed over the money. Meanwhile, she said there were several customers still in the store who had no idea what was going on.

After three minutes inside, video shows the robber walking out with the cash still in his hand.

"A customer came in earlier and told me about Rally's and she said to be careful. Then when the officers came in and said what had happened at Diamond's, I was like, huh," said the victim.

She calls the situation scary and hopes the man is caught soon.

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