Thanh Thai thought a man who walked into her office and handed her a note was lost and just looking for directions.
"He kept pointing at the paper," Thai said.
He would not leave until she read it. Thai broke into a sweat when she read the frightening message.
"The last sentence says, ‘Give me your money,'" Thai said.
The man tried to rob Thai in the middle of the afternoon at the busy Carter Oak Shopping Center on Jimmy Carter Boulevard.
Thai was one of two people who work at the Shopping Center the man attempted rob. In both cases, the criminal walked away with nothing.
Thai, who prepares taxes at the Loc Thai accounting office, was nervous but kept calm and told the would-be robber that she did not have what he was demanding.
"I played tough, I said, ‘I work with paper, I don't deal with cash,'" Thai said.
The criminal grew frustrated and left, but he did not stop there. He walked next door to the Nguoi Dep gift shop and handed a woman who works there a note as well. But this time the thief wrote that he had a gun and he would kill if she did not comply with his demands.
"He's implying he has a gun, yes, he's dangerous," said Cpl. Edwin Ritter, with the Gwinnett County Police Department.
The store employee acted like she did not understand English, police said. The criminal grew nervous, got into a car and took off empty-handed.
"It's dumb no matter what, but he did what he did and it is a crime, and he's going to be accountable for it," Ritter said.
Thai could not understand why that criminal chose her place, a business that does not have large amounts cash.
"By some reason, I thought he (went) into the wrong place," Thai said.
Investigators identified the criminal as 43-year-old Alex McCray.
McCray was last seen driving an older model white Cadillac with custom chrome rims and Georgia license plate number BYU-7953, Ritter said.
Copyright 2012 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, May 17 2013 6:05 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:05:44 GMT
A metro Atlanta woman said a snake bite cost her an arm and a leg financially. Lisa Zambito killed a copperhead snake like this one in her driveway a couple of weeks ago. "The head moved as I pickedMore >
A metro Atlanta woman said a snakebite cost her an arm and a leg - financially. More >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:35:12 GMT
A Levi's Call has been issued for a missing Sandy Springs 2-year-old girl. Police said Sorelle Torrez was abducted from Roswell Road around 8 a.m. Friday morning by her father, Zebidiah Lockette.More >
A missing 2-year-old girl from Sandy Springs has been found safe in Arkansas. More >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:23:46 GMT
With no state lottery in Alabama, and a buzz about the largest Powerball Jackpot in history, people are gassing up their cars, getting out cash and heading to Georgia. CBS Atlanta News caught up withMore >
With no state lottery in Alabama, and a buzz about the largest Powerball Jackpot in history, people are gassing up their cars, getting out cash and heading to Georgia.More >
Atletico Madrid ended a 25-game, 14-year winless streak against rival Real Madrid, getting a 98th-minute goal from Miranda for a 2-1 victory in the Copa del Rey final on Friday night following the ejections of Real...More >
The Copa del Rey trophy could have been coach Jose Mourinho's parting gift for Real Madrid, or at least a consolation prize after a disappointing season filled with locker-room turmoil and failure in La Liga and the...More >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-15 22:27:07 GMT
A violinist who has performed in cities across the country said he spent five days behind bars after he was arrested in a MARTA train station. Violinist Johnny Arco was arrested May 9 and charged withMore >
A violinist who has performed in cities across the country said he spent five days behind bars after he was arrested in a MARTA train station.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-05-16 23:14:55 GMT
Paris had it, Pensacola has it and Atlanta could soon get it. "It" is the massive 180-foot Ferris wheel, sitting in Pensacola right now, and it could soon call Centennial Olympic Park its new neighbor.More >
A private development company wants to relocate giant wheel in downtown Atlanta.More >