NEW ORLEANS -- 15 minutes of hell. That's what part-time cab driver Salman Chaudry says he went through at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, when he picked up three teenagers in the 4300 block of Bienville.
"That moment when the gun came out and the demeanor changed, I mean, it still haunts me at night," he said.
He said they first seemed polite and non-threatening, until one of them pulled out a revolver at the corner of Palmyra and S. Rendon.
"He was sticking the gun in my rib cage, and in my temple.”
While the other suspects put on latex gloves and stole $600 cash, his iPad and cell phone, Chaudry said the gun-wielding teen ordered him to a concrete slab and forced him to lie face down.
"I was talking to him pretty softly and I was telling him, 'I'm not gonna do anything. Please let me live,' but in the back of my head, I knew that I was done,” Chaudry said. “It was a very, very well thought out crime. I mean, they had all the details, where to bring me, what position to sit me in. It was a very, very horrifying experience."
The three eventually took off on foot.
But while physically unharmed, Chaudry, a U.N.O. student who drives a cab on the weekends to help pay for school, said it'll be tough to shake visions of his own 15 minutes of hell.
"A lot of people have seen the execution style in the movies, you know, when the person is cocking the gun behind you, pointing it at your head, and you are just begging for your life,” Chaudry said. “I think that's pretty miserable, you know. I mean, that's the lowest point of humanity."