UPDATE 4/26/13 @ 9 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A business owner in downtown Huntington may find it harder to sleep knowing the man who robbed and threatened to kill him still hasn't been caught.
James Marshall has owned the Unique Treasures gift shop in Huntington along 4th Avenue for the past six years.
"It was something to do in retirement," he said.
What happened Friday afternoon wasn't part of how he envisioned spending his golden years.
"I was very fortunate I was not hurt," he said.
Marshall says a man came into the store wearing a gray sweatshirt, hat, sunglasses and a black handkerchief over his face. The suspect went to a hallway where he could stay out of Marshall's sight.
"He said if you don't throw your billfold, I'm going to count to ten, and I will shoot you," Marshall said.
Marshall says he didn't want to lose personal items, so instead of throwing the wallet, he just threw the $60 in cash he had in it.
That turned out to be good enough for the suspect, who left without demanding anything from the cash register.
"I've shopped in there,” Marshall student Haley Miller said outside the store. “The owner is super, super nice. You wouldn't expect that. You wouldn't expect someone to go in when it’s broad daylight.”
"I'm feeling grateful that it didn't go worse than it did,” Marshall said. “I'm also feeling very frustrated with everything that's happened."
Marshall says his business has been burglarized three times.
He also says his vehicle parked behind the store has been broken into a few times.
He says it's reaching the point where it's so frustrating, he's strongly considering shutting the store down.
"I’m definitely fed up with it," he said. "I have to make a decision whether or not I'm going to stay in business. It is very discouraging."
Huntington Police continue to investigate.
It took place just after 4 p.m. Friday at Unique Treasures in downtown Huntington. The owner of the home decor business said a man threatened to kill him if he didn’t turn over his wallet.
The assailant got away with about $60 cash. No weapon was shown during the incident, police said.
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