ATLANTA - The victim of a violent armed robbery at an Atlanta nail salon last month is telling her terrifying story of what that night.
Atlanta Police said two armed men burst into Lush Nails and Spa on Northside Parkway around 7:45 p.m. with weapons drawn. Police said the men ordered the staff and two customers to the ground and that’s when things turned violent.
"They came in, guns drawn, and screaming you know 'This is going down' and every profanity under the sun,” said the woman, who did not want to be identified.
She said she was on the phone when the men stormed into the business. When she didn’t move fast enough, she said one of the men came over to make sure she wasn’t calling for help.
"They hit me. They had a gun to my head. They screamed, you know, 'No one's gonna... No one can leave here,'" she said.
"They just... It was very frightening. They hit the girl behind the counter. They knocked me to the ground and kicked me [in the ribs]… It was intimidation."
Lt. Azie Horne, with the Atlanta Police Department, said intimidation is exactly what has officers alarmed; the pairing of intimidation with violence against customers.
"Operational hours, it's very unusual for somebody to do that during the business hours up there at this location in the Buckhead area. We're looking back, we have a total of four cases which happened within the year which were involving spa locations," said Lt. Horne.
Police said the robbers left with more than a dozen credit cards, personal information, cash, and more. Investigators are searching for surveillance video from the area to try to find the armed robbers and see if they are connected to other crimes.
Atlanta Police believe the two men got away in a car, but do not have a vehicle description.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Atlanta Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous.