HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A gas station clerk who was the victim of an armed robbery was still in fear Tuesday evening in Hollywood.
The father of three said he feels happy to be alive.
"I feel nervous because this is the first time (it has) happened in the last 27 years," he said, shaking.
Surveillance video shows the armed robber jumping over the counter at the Exxon gas station on Sheridan Street near Florida's Turnpike. He pointed a gun at the clerk and shouted orders.
"First time he said, 'I'm going to shoot you,'" the clerk told Local 10 News. "Second time (he said), 'Lay down! Lay down!'"
The gun-wielding bandit forced him to the ground and tied him up.
He was wearing a mask, gloves, a hat and sunglasses when he grabbed about $1,000 from the register.
The clerk said, for a moment, he feared the worst.
"I was a dead man," he said. "I was a dead man."
Hollywood police detectives believe the robber also targeted a nearby Little Caesars restaurant for cash. The workers there ignored him and he left without hurting anyone.