Salon owner Zoya Sarab is taking extra precautions to protect her downtown Dawsonville business following an armed robbery on Friday.
"I was just sitting here [at the front of the store] and I saw somebody walking around the store," Sarab, owner of Salon Zoya, said. "Suddenly, he walked in wearing a mask and hood and stuck a gun in my face."
According to Lt. Daniel Ramsey of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division, the man who robbed Sarab was a "white male, about 5'11," average build, wearing grey-colored jeans and a black or blue hooded sweat shirt and a blue, canvas-style cover over his face."
"He told me to give him money. I said: ‘What money?' and he said all that I had," Sarab said. "I put the register on the counter and he took the money, ... then he left."
The experience has led Sarab to take measures to ensure her security.
"I thought: ‘Please, God, don't let him kill me over $50.' I was just shocked," she said. "For right now, I am keeping the door locked while I am here. My son-in-law is also putting in cameras for me."
Even with the added features, Sarab said she is still fearful for herself and others.
"I think it will happen again. Maybe he won't come, or his friend won't come, right now, but I think they maybe could come back in the next few months," she said. "Sometimes I'm afraid to sit in here, all alone. It's just the fear that they are still out there."
Ramsey said that, while there was no immediate cause for alarm, he did warn local residents to be cautious and aware of their surroundings.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Dawson County Sheriff's Office at (706) 344-3535.