Gonzales Chipotle manager struggling with anxiety attacks after armed robbery; ‘It’s a daily struggle’

GONZALES — Gonzales Police are investigating after the manager of the Chipotle at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales was robbed at gunpoint a month ago, with the suspect escaping with a bag of money.

“He put a gun to my back”

The victim, Drayk Blair, says that on May 13, around 6:30 a.m., he was about to clock in for the day when a man approached him from behind. Blair said that the experience has left him with significant emotional stress.

“I’m dealing with a lot of anxiety, a lot of anxiety attacks; it’s kind of a daily struggle for me,” he shared.

Blair recounted to UWK, “I was going to punch in my numbers and there was a guy behind me. He said, ‘This isn’t a joke, give me all the money.’ I thought it was a joke. I turned around and realized it was serious. He put a gun to my back, and I just gave him the money.”

“I tried to give him the cash register”

Blair recalled bringing the suspect into a back office, where his general manager and other employees ran to hide when they realized what was happening.

“I had to deal with the guy; I gave him the money. It was a blue bag full of $1,000, the most money in the whole store. I tried to give him the cash register, but he didn’t want that, so I gave him the bag and he ran off,” Blair said describing his interaction with the suspect.

Before fleeing the restaurant, the suspect warned Blair not to “play any games” and asked again if the bag really contained money. Blair reassured him that it did, and the suspect then fled. Detectives say they believe the suspect fled on foot and crossed over both lanes of I-10.

“I’m struggling”

Blair described the entire experience as “surreal.” He also told UWK that since the robbery, he is no longer working at Chipotle and that the aftermath of the robbery has affected his personal life.

“I’m struggling with rent, my relationship is taking a huge strain.”

The Gonzales Police Department has shared surveillance photos of the suspect and requests that anyone with information regarding the robbery, the suspect’s identity, or whereabouts, contact them at (225) 647-9575. You can also submit a tip to the Capital Region Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867) or by submitting an anonymous tip online.

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