Convenience store owner tells armed man 'Don't shoot me'

Convenience store owner tells armed man 'Don't shoot me'

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police are investigating the armed robbery of a popular convenience store in Baton Rouge. Tu Le has owned the store for 16 years.

Just before 8 p.m. Monday, an armed man walked into The Country Corner at 1923 Perkins Rd. The owner of the store says the man jumped over the counter, on top of him, and demanded money.

"The whole time his left hand was [at my collar] holding my shirt and the gun was [in my back]," said Tu Le, the owner of the store. The armed man then jammed the gun into Le's back and pushed him to the back of the store. That is when the gunman takes Le's shirt and ties his hands behind his back and hog-ties him.

Le says he thought he was about to be executed.

"So I told him to take it easy - you come in here and all you want is money. Whatever you want, I give to you - don't shoot me," said Le.

Le says he was scared, but he tried to stay calm and think about his family.

"It's just money. It's okay. You're still alive, you have your two hands and your mind and you're working, so it's good," said Lee.

The suspect grabbed money and was last seen running east bound on Hundred Oaks. The suspect is described a black male, 6'1", slim build, dark skinned, wearing a dark colored hoodie, black basketball shorts and a red backpack.

Le was not physically injured during the robbery, but he was glad to go home. "When I got home yesterday [my family] came to me and hugged me, and thank God I'm still here," he said.

Anyone with information on this robbery is urged to contact the Armed Robbery Division at 225-389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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