JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - "You don't think that someone would come in here and do that to us. When it happens to you, it puts you in a totally different mindset," said the victim of an armed robbery.
Employees of Smoothie King on Airline Highway were taken aback when a man walked up to the counter Tuesday evening and pulled out a gun.
"He just came in and ran up to the counter. He said, 'I'm going to need you to give me all the money in the drawer.' He was really calm about it, which was really weird. He wasn't hostile about it, and then he just took out the gun and showed us," the victim said.
The worker didn't hesitate, and she handed over the money before the robber took off running.
"It looked like he was parked outside the store next to us, and it looked like he was waiting for all the customers to come out so he could come in alone. It just happened so quickly," the victim said.
Deputies identified the gunman as 22-year-old Miguel Nami. They said Nami's armed robbery spree started Tuesday evening when he robbed Smoothie King. They said the next day, he committed another armed robbery at Honey Baked Ham on North Causeway Boulevard.
"Again, he confronts the cashier, brandishes a firearm and demands money from her. Again, she surrenders money and he flees the location," said Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Lt. Jason Rivarde.
Deputies said this time, surveillance cameras at Honey Baked Ham captured an image of the suspect.
Then, Thursday night around 9 p.m., deputies said Nami struck again. This time, they said he held up workers at Subway in the 3800 block of Veterans Boulevard.
"So, within an hour of the Subway robbery, we actually had him in custody. We were looking for a particular vehicle, found that vehicle, and found him in it. He's been identified as being the right guy," Rivarde said.
The armed robbery victims are glad deputies made an arrest, but they said it's not something they'll soon forget.
"It's unbelievable that people go in and rob these family businesses. People work so hard to make their money. The fact that they would come in and do this is just unbelievable," the victim said.