Feel-Good Story Of The Day: Bank President Catches, Holds Robber At Gunpoint!

Posted on November 9, 2012

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Missouri (The Gaslamp Post) – They say that in this life there are signs everywhere which help you find your way.  Be they signs from God or signs from man, they are all around us, pointing us in a certain direction.

Some warn of danger and others show you the way to go.

“Signs, signs, everywhere are signs.  F—king up the scenery, breaking my mind.  Do this, don’t do that – can’t you read the sign?”

On the door of a bank in Troy, Missouri, is a sign; a peculiar one in fact that reads, “Management recognizes the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as an unalienable right of all citizens.”  To the average, everyday Joe, it would send the message that maybe this isn’t the kind of establishment that will tolerate any sort of nonsense.

Early last week a man wearing a Chucky (from the Child’s Play horror films of the 90’s) mask entered the People’s Bank & Trust, brushed past employees and customers, and approached a teller.  When the teller asked him to remove his Halloween mask, he replied, “No, you gotta give me all your money,” and placed his hand in his coat pocket as if to reach for a gun.

Bank surveillance image of the masked robber in the act of holding up a teller at the People’s Bank & Trust. Image: Post-Dispatch

The teller calmly loaded a bag with the money from their drawer and the man quickly left the bank, unknowingly being pursued by the bank’s president.  According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the man had gotten into his pickup truck, which he had parked in a handicapped spot out in front of the bank and was then confronted by bank president.

“Sir, get out of the truck,” said bank president David W. Thompson, to the masked man.  “You’re not going anywhere.”  The robber raised his head and saw a 58-year-old man standing next to him, pointing a Colt .380 handgun at him.

When the alleged robber made a motion to reach for something in his pocket, Thompson scolded him saying, “You don’t want to go there.  This will end badly.”  In seconds, another bank employee who also legally carries a firearm arrived.  They pulled the man from his truck and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Bank President David W. Thompson, posing at the front door of his bank. Notice the nice big sign on the door with the picture of a gun.

As it turned out, the robber had no gun.  Good thing he decided to listen and not continue to act as though he were armed, huh?

Police arrived shortly thereafter and arrested 58-year-old Donald Ray Lee, charging him with first-degree robbery.  He is currently being held in Lincoln County on $50,000 cash-only bond.  Shortly after his arrest, officers discovered a debit card for the People’s Bank & Trust in the man’s wallet.  He was a customer.

Arrested: Donald R. Lee, 58, charged with robbing the People’s Bank & Trust. He reportedly told police he was only “trick or treating.”

The family of Lee say that he had been acting strangely and were considering having him tested for Alzheimer’s.  The mask it turns out belongs to his 8-year-old granddaughter.

“I didn’t have time to get scared,” said Thompson, a life member of the National Rifle Association who supports concealed-carry laws. “I was excited. Your adrenaline pumps. He robbed a bank, he menaced my employees, and I don’t allow that.”

The bag that Lee had almost gotten away with contained just under $4800.  He reportedly told police that he was only “trick-or-treating” at the bank.

(h/t:  Guns.com)