HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — Police in Helena-West Helena are following leads and vow to make an arrest in Monday’s armed robbery of a bank and attempted robbery of a post office. Now, new evidence is emerging.
When the gunman wearing a “Scream” mask entered the post office lobby, employees went into a safe area, allegedly abandoning customer Jay Southard in the open with the armed man.
“I was blessed,” Southard said. “The Lord looked after me that day because I was totally, totally vulnerable. There’s nothing I could have done.”
A man wearing a mask from the horror franchise “Scream” attempts to rob a business in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.
Southard says he feared for his life when an armed robber entered the West Helena branch of the U.S. Post Office. He said he was just trying to mail a package and was the only customer in the lobby.
“I’d just run my credit card, and the door opened behind me,” Southard said. “And the clerk started yelling, ‘Get out, get out, get out,’ and disappeared.”
Southard said he felt abandoned and on his own when the robbery jumped the counter and started yelling.