Jennings store clerk saves the day

By Brandon Richards
JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - For store clerk Moniruzzaman Amir, it will be a day he will never forget.

At around 4 A.M. on Thursday, October 22, a man, wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, walked into the Exxon Mobil gas station on Elton Road in Jennings. Carrying a knife, the man demanded cash from the register, but Amir, recognizing the man as a frequent customer, refused to give him any money.

The man ran behind the counter and started struggling with Amir.

Amir managed to break free and while the man slammed the register on the floor, trying to open it, Amir ran outside and locked the front door. Alarmed he was locked inside the store, the man threw a liquor bottle through a side window and climbed out.

But the suspect, identified as Quentin Stutes, 51, Jennings, didn't get far.

Thanks to Amir's quick thinking, Police Officer Ryan Courville was able to arrest Stutes behind the store. Ironically, Stutes is a frequent customer of Amir's. Amir said he recognized Stutes as soon as he saw him.

Stutes is charged with armed robbery and criminal damage to property.

Amir's store manager, Farhana Siddiquee, says she is proud of his brave actions.

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