ATLANTA - Atlanta Police are searching for an armed robber who pointed a gun at a woman and other employees and took off with hundreds of dollars in cash from a popular pizza spot.
Investigators said a man wearing a hoodie to cover his face, pointed a gun at an employee at the Pizza Hut on North Avenue as they were getting ready to close at around 11 p.m.
“I just knew everything was over with right there and then,” said now, former Pizza Hut employee, Arkevia Lewis. “My whole life just flashed before my eyes.”
Arkevia Lewis is the woman who police said had the gun pointed at her. Lewis said she was an innocent bystander, shot in the chest just sox months ago and when the crook pointed the gun in her face last week, she relived those terrifying moments.
“Not again, not again!" and "God if so are you going to be able to bring me out of this again,” is what Lewis said she was thinking during the armed robbery.
Atlanta Police said in the surveillance video you see the crook pull out a gun, point it at Lewis and hop over the counter. Once on the other side, investigators said he went through the registers.
Detective Benjamin King with the Atlanta Police Department said the crook stood around for five minutes before making his move and it’s concerning to see just how comfortable he was.
“We need to try and get him off the street because that could have escalated,” said Detective Benjamin King. “He was pointing a weapon, a firearm at the females and at the other employees in there.”
Atlanta Police said the man stole more than $500, Lewis’ phone, then took off on foot wearing flip-flops and multi colored socks. Investigators are calling him dangerous.
Lewis said while frightening, she is grateful this was not worse.
“We don’t care about the money, it's the terrifying and the traumatic situation that he put people through and I just be glad when he is found, he’s caught and hopefully I have some type of closure,” said Lewis.
Investigators ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers, 404.577.TIPS. There is a reward for information that leads to an arrest and you can remain anonymous.