PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - With her attackers both behind bars, the clerk seen in the shocking armed robbery surveillance video said she is looking to move forward.
The 52-year-old victim showed FOX10 the bumps on her head and bruising on her arms, even behind her ears.
She said she actually tried to escape as Joseph Caples allegedly beat her with his gun.
"I said, 'Get out of the store. Get out of the store. There's no place to run, at least of you're running. He'll shoot you in the back and you can survive,'" she said.
For safety reasons, the clerk asked not to be identified.
She recalled the tense moments at Petro Gas Station where police sad Caples demanded cash and pistol whipped her when he didn't get enough.
While the video was hard to watch, she said it got worse after he pushed her into a back room looking for the surveillance video.
"I tried to get out and run, and I had my hair in a pony tail, and he grabbed my pony tail, and he pulled me back in. He got the office open and started beating me in the head. (He said) ‘Where's the tape? Where's the tape?'" she said.
The clerk said Caples repeatedly pressed his gun to her forehead and pulled the trigger at least three times.
Fortunately, she said his clip had fallen out due to the beating.
"I heard a click, and I clinched, and I thought, 'Nothing came out.' And I kept telling him, ‘I do not own this store. There's only $20 take my car,'" she recalled.
The clerk said she is certainly lucky to be alive and wants to see these men kept behind bars.
What's worse she said she knew Zachery Moore, who was allegedly caught on camera rummaging through her things during the beating.
She said he had previously worked at the gas station himself.
"What got me was Zachery never came in there to help me. He saw that man beat me in that office. Zachery stuck his head in and kept bobbing his head in and out," she said.
The family said they want to see the accused spend a lot of time behind bars.
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