A man who tried to rob a Bank of America in Sarasota, Florida met his match Tuesday when an Army Staff Sergeant on leave assisted some deputy sheriffs in apprehending the armed would-be bandit.
Staff Sergeant Eddie Peoples was standing in line at the bank when the bandit waltzed in, pointed a gun all around and demanded cash. Since Peoples had his kids with him, he took cover until the robber left the bank.
However, the incident didn’t end then. As soon as Peoples knew that his children were safe, he rushed out of the bank and went after the crook. He managed to get into his car and trap the robber’s car in the parking lot so he couldn’t drive away. Even though the man pointed his gun at Peoples, he managed to take the gun away from him and put him on the ground.
About that time the deputy sheriffs got there to arrest the suspect, 34-year-old Matthew Rogers. Rogers has been in the police system before with several charges for burglary, as well as some for auto theft.
Peoples said that his Army training was what prepared him to handle the robber. He’s been deployed to both Iraq and Kuwait, so he says he’s not afraid of getting shot at anymore and just didn’t want the man to get away with robbing the bank.
“I was just doing the right thing,” said Peoples. “This is nothing compared to what happens in the Army.”