DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Three days after A Dougherty County Police officer was shot to death while chasing the man suspected of robbing a convenience store, the store clerk, stared down the barrel of the same gun which investigators say was used to kill Lt. Cliff Rouse.
Rebecca Licona said she just listened to what the robber said. He demanded money from the register while threatening her at gun point. She has a 10-year old daughter and just wanted to live to spend Christmas with her.
Licona says she's thankful to be alive, but it's still tough to sleep at night.
Business is back to normal at the Pitt Stop. Thursday night, 20-year-old, Dontavious Thomas barged through the door just before 10:00 when she was closing.
"My main concern was that he just didn't hurt or kill me," said Licona. "I was thinking I have a 10-year-old daughter to raise and I need to be here for her."
After we aired his mug shot, Licona noticed Thomas was a regular customer. Charlie Baisden Junior, a loyal customer, pulled up to the Pitt Stop Thursday night minutes after it became a crime scene. He's glad he didn't get caught up in it.
"The young lady that was in the store told me to go on," said Baisden. "I was thinking to myself, what if it had been earlier. I pray that God will take care of the family."
Thomas had plotted his move carefully. After looking at surveillance video, Licona says he opened the door once and stuck his head through to find Licona in the back. When she came up to the front, he opened it again and rushed to the counter demanding money.
"I just did what he said and got into the corner where he told me to go," said Licona.
Licona says she's probably alive today because she didn't resist the robber.
The Pitt Stop has several security cameras. Employees say management is going over additional safety measures to make sure this doesn't happen again.