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Video: Army Sgt. On Leave Thwarts Florida Bank Robbery

June 02, 2011  | 

When Army Staff Sgt. Eddie Peoples returned to Sarasota this week on leave, he never expected to find himself using the combat skills he'd honed during four years in Iraq. But he sprang into action Tuesday afternoon when a bank robber hijacked his family fishing trip and pointed a gun at Peoples' 4- and 6-year-old sons.

Peoples had promised to take his sons fishing while he was on leave from his base in Italy. They were on their way and had made a quick stop at Bank of America when a man walked into the branch at 3600 Bee Ridge Road with a black handgun and demanded cash from the tellers.

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Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune


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Rick @ 6/2/2011 3:48 PM

That is awesome!

Rick @ 6/2/2011 4:09 PM

Sadly he did not carry a concealed weapon (with a permit); it would have been useful. Even sadder; no one from the bank went to help him.

Steve in LA @ 6/2/2011 4:37 PM

Staff Sergeant Peoples is a true American hero! God bless our warriors that fight for justice.

Scott @ 6/2/2011 6:04 PM

SSgt Peoples did a brave thing. I find doing things like this unarmed to be somewhat crazy but I have to hand it to him, the man has some Jumbo Coconut [email protected] to take on an armed suspect like he did. He has the mindset that's for sure. Koodos to our Men and Wemon in Unifrom. Well don SSgt.

Stan Lee @ 6/2/2011 9:29 PM

A dangerous situation, I agree that U.S. soldiers should have the right to carry concealed weapons. Additionally, all law bidding Americans should have that right. Our forefathers and founds of this country, provided the average citizen with the Bill of Rights, because they didn't trust government to the right thing. Had this gentleman had a weapon to subdue this robber, would the authorities prosecuted him for having a conceal weapon? Who knows, some would, some would not. But the bottom line is they could!

Regulating the carrying of a concealed weapon by government is a way of controlling the public, especially when the public does not like the way government is running things. That's why it in the Bill of Rights! Its called the 2nd amendment read it if you have the time. Remember the first ten amendments to the constitution (Bill of Rights) spells out what government can't do to you.

This American revolution began April 19th, 1775 on Lexington Green, and the this battle was fought over the right to keep firearms. Read this saga of American history. Capt. John Parker

stated when confronted by the British " Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have war let it start here" He did that for all of us, our founders thought it so important they put it in the Bill of Rights. (It should be called The Citizen’s Bill of Rights)

Thus, our founders fought a died for these rights for you and it should be given to all Americans, including our soldiers!

JJ Golliday @ 6/3/2011 9:34 AM

Like John Wayne said "Life is hard, but it is really hard if you are stupid". This robber falls into the second category. Thank God he hesitated in firing to allow Peoples to do his deal. JJG

Jim Davenport @ 6/4/2011 12:45 PM

Very Cool, he needs to be in law enforcement in the USA!!

Bill @ 6/6/2011 6:43 PM

Sgt. Peoples did have guns. One hanging off of each shoulder. Wonder if the suspect got hurt? Wouldn't blame him at all since his kids were threatened. LOL

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