An Omaha convenience store clerk robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night spoke to Channel 6 News Friday, saying he feared for his life.
Twenty-seven-year-old Kaustabh Singh moved to Nebraska years ago from Nepal. He would earn a computer science degree from Bellevue University, but hasn't been able to find work in that field. So he took a job as a convenience store clerk seven months ago. After Wednesday night's armed robbery, Singh thought it would be the last job he would ever have.
It was just after 8:30 p.m. when a man stormed through the doors of Midtown Gas and Grocery at 13th and Martha streets. Dressed in a black hoodie, the masked man pulled a gun and demanded cash.
“I was sitting right here on this chair and the heater was right in front of me because our heating system was out." With his hands in the air, Singh complied with the robber’s demands. “He pointed it at me and then he said open the drawer. He said, is there more money? I just grabbed all the change and handed it to him."
The robber then grabbed Newport cigarettes. What happened next, Singh will never forget. “He took me to the back of the store and then he said, is there more money? I said swear to God, I don't have any more money. He just put me right down here, hands in the air and he said are you sure there is no more money? I said I am sure."
At that point Singh could only think the worst. “At first I wasn't scared when he took all the money and all that stuff, but when he put me back over here, I was just like, oh my God, I am done now. I am alive now, thanks to God."
The suspect left Singh there and went back to the counter to steal more items before running from the store. “I shouldn't do nothing stupid so that he would get any kind of a chance to shoot me.”
Singh was back at work Friday because he must earn a paycheck. He also had a message for the suspect. “That's not the right thing to do. If you want to earn money find a job, do something good so that you can live your life."
Anyone with information about the robbery or suspect is asked to call OPD detectives at 402-444-7867, log on to omahacrimestoppers.net, text OPD with your tip to CRIMES (274637) or download the "TIPSUBMIT" mobile app.