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July 14, 2007

Veteran Marine Tackles Suspected Bank Robber


A former Marine, already irritated about the disappearance of $100 from his bank account, tackled a suspected robber who came into the bank wielding a fire extinguisher and demanding cash.

Timothy Armstead was waiting at the Washington Mutual Bank branch on Tuesday to discuss the missing money when the man came in and told bank employees he had a bomb. The man gave them five minutes to get $2,000 in $50 bills, DeKalb County police said.

As the employees went to the vault to comply, the unidentified man began loudly counting down the minutes, which attracted Armstead's attention, police spokesman Michael Payne said.

When the man then tried to walk out with the money, Armstead, 27, knocked him to the ground. He held the man down - lecturing him on his poor decision - until authorities arrived.

"I just told him it was a very stupid decision and now you get to spend 20 years of your life just for taking some money," Armstead told WSB-TV.

The man was taken to the DeKalb County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery. Jail officials declined to comment on his case Friday. A call to the DeKalb County Sheriff's office was not immediately returned.

Wild Thing's comment..........

I confess I changed the title of the article, they had it as EX-Marine and that is something that does not exist.

I am sure glad we have our Veterans around, they have knowledge, experience and a lot of the time with all of that can take a situation and keep it from getting worse. I love stories like this!!

........Thank you Bob for sending me this story.

Posted by Wild Thing at July 14, 2007 12:45 AM


I LOVE seeing these stories.
We all ought to be able to attack anyone who
attacks us.
I especially love it when it's about Marines.
Semper Fi, Devil Dogs!

Posted by: Lynn at July 14, 2007 07:24 AM

Just tak'in out the garbage.

Posted by: Mark at July 14, 2007 07:40 AM

Marine Armstead did good. OooooRAH!!! But I do think he should have "consumer tested" the fire extinguisher. That would be complete from "pressure release" at close range to canister
strentgh when subjected to repeated hard concussions.

Posted by: Steve Gaston at July 14, 2007 08:31 AM

There's a time to run your mouth, and a time to be quiet. There's one man in Georgia that now knows this.

Very thoughtful of Almstead to turn the situation into a Learning Experience.

Well Done, Marine.

Posted by: Rick at July 14, 2007 12:02 PM

I love this!!
I only have one quibble - there is an ex-Marine. His name is Murtha and he certainly wouldn't have done anything Marine-like had he been there. He would have accused this Marine of criminal behavior.

Posted by: yankeemom at July 14, 2007 12:26 PM

Lynn, giggle me too. These stories reminds me of my Uncles that were Marines. They have passed away but they would take care of things like these guys have done in these stories.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 14, 2007 11:44 PM

Mark, hahaha I like that....."Just tak'in out the garbage"

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 14, 2007 11:45 PM

Steve, haha yess that would do it too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 14, 2007 11:46 PM

Rick that is good, yes a nice learning session. Tah dah!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 14, 2007 11:47 PM

Yankeemom yes thatis what Murtha would have done. He should be banned from the Marines.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 14, 2007 11:48 PM