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'I thought I was going to die right here for sure'

'I thought I was going to die right here for sure'

PORTLAND, Ore. – It was five minutes of fear that probably felt like an eternity.

Volunteers were held at gunpoint and forced from room to room during an armed robbery at a Southeast Portland medical marijuana dispensary.

Joe Bissonette thought he was a dead man the moment he saw the robber storm in. And before he realized what was happening, the robber had a gun in his face with no time to react.

"He just walked through this door here. He had a black hood on and some sweatpants. He just points the gun up," Bissonette said. "He says get down."

Bissonette and a co-volunteer lay down behind the counter and the robber went through Bissonette's pockets.

At one point the barrel of the gun was in the small of his back.

"I thought I was going to die right here for sure," Bissonette said. "I thought he was going to shoot me – just get rid of me. That way it would be just him and the girl (co-volunteer)."

But then they get the order to get up and fill a duffel bag with all the marijuana and cash they had.

Bissonette said the robber grabbed the girl's hair and put his gun to the back of her head.

"I thought he was going to shoot us," he said. "At the end was when I thought we were both going to die. Not a doubt in my mind. I thought we were dead."

But those longest 4 minutes and 39 seconds of his life wouldn't be his last. The robber ran and Bissonette and his friend both lived and now have a few words for the gunman.

"I hope it was worth it," Bissonette said. "I hope it was worth it dude. Because he got his face right on camera."

Portland police are investigating.

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