Saturday, June 04, 2011

U.S. Soldier Thwarts Florida Bank Robbery

I love this story. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eddie Peoples put his combat training to use in assisting a bank robber achieve a full-on face plant to the pavement, after the robber brandished a gun toward his children. The robber flashed a realistic-looking fake gun at patrons of a Sarasota, Florida bank while demanding cash from a teller. Peoples hid his kids behind furniture while the robbery was in progress.
When the robber fled with some of the bank's cash that's when the criminal's whole day unraveled.

Peoples jumped in his rented van and blocked the robber's dark-colored Honda in a parking space. The robber rammed the van several times with his car, trying to flee. When that did not work, he confronted Peoples, pointing his gun at his face. Peoples said his Army combat training simply took over. He used his left arm to grab and twist the robber's arm until the wrist locked, making it easy for Peoples to strip the gun away. Then he used a martial arts move to wrap one arm behind the robber's neck and slam him face first to the ground.

The robber was fully engaged in contemplating the minutiae of parking lot asphalt when Sherriff's Deputies arrived at the scene to make the arrest.

Pics and full story here.
HT: Ace

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