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Good Samaritan stops bank robbery with a hug

Michael Armus Sr. was depositing a check at the Bank of the West on Monday morning.

When a Californian recently walked into a regional bank, he didn’t expect to emerge a hero.

Michael Armus Sr. was at Bank of the West depositing a check on Monday when police said Eduardo Placensia, 42, passed a note to a cashier, claiming he had explosives and demanding money.

Armus said he recognized the suspect as a former neighbor and friend of his daughter and immediately knew he had to intervene. He said he heard irritation and depression in the sound of the suspect’s voice.

“So I just approached him, and I asked him, I said, ‘What’s wrong? … Don’t have a job? ‘” Armus said. “He said, ‘There’s nothing in this town for me. Nothing in this town for me. I just want to go to jail.'”

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The 69-year-old said he tried to comfort the suspect and suggested the two go out. In the end, the situation ended in a hug.

“So I took him outside and kissed the man right here at the door,” Armus said. “He started crying.”

Good Samaritan stops bank robbery with a hug

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Officers arrived at the scene shortly after the incident and arrested Placensia for attempted robbery. Placensia was unarmed, authorities said.

In a statement to ABC News, police praised Armus and called him “a good Samaritan who delivered the right message that made a difference.”

Armus said he believed fate brought him to the bank that day.

“It was for me to be here,” he said.

ABC News

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