Just after midnight on June 2nd, two men forced the manager of a Jack in the Box in Lomita into his back office, demanding money from him at gunpoint.
LA County Sheriff investigators say you can see the manager gesturing frantically in the surveillance footage.
"You can just see the fear in the victim's mannerisms, and he was complying with everything they were saying," said Det. Morgan Arteaga of the LA County Sheriff's Dept.
The two men wearing dark clothing and hoodies demanded money from the manager, but when he told them he didn't have access to the restaurant's cash, he offered his own wallet.
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The men took it and ran.
"He was very afraid. Extremely afraid, actually. And he did the right thing by complying with everything they were asking. Uh ...it probably saved his life," Arteaga said.
Surveillance footage was able to capture a face shot of one of the robbers who deputies describe as 6 feet tall, with a thin build and wearing a "Steelers" hoodie.
Investigators believe a third man was involved, serving as the lookout for the two robbers.