Saturday, March 7, 2009

Now That's a Good Story!

Did you hear about the foiled bank robbery near DC yesterday?

According to the Washington Post, it started as your ordinary bank robbery. A 43 year old man walked into the Bank of America branch near the Bethesda Metro stop shortly before closing, demanded money from a teller and left. But then it got interesting.

Two tellers and a customer chased the guy down. He blasted them with pepper spray and they kept coming. Two blocks away, they tackled him and pinned him to the ground until the police showed up.

Lawrence Gilmartin was charged with that robbery, as well as another last month.

Police called the incident "very unusual." They cautioned citizens not to put themselves in danger in an effort to stop crime.

I think it's great. I especially like to visualize these people, just so damned angry that somebody's stealing money while they're probably struggling, that they don't even care about pepper spray. I wonder if they even knew their eyes were streaming and they were in pain until they caught the guy.

Power to the people. Who says we're helpless?

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