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Disarmed

At a bank in West Orlando, Fla., a man walked into the lobby and handed the teller a note stating it was a robbery, and to put the money in a bag. The teller, Marc Nguyen, recognized the man as a regular customer. After filling a bag with money, he tried to push it through the slot to give to the robber, but the bag was too big to fit through. When told the bag wouldn’t fit, the would-be robber just turned around and walked out of the bank. As he was leaving, Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Thomas had arrived and tried to take him into custody — and during the arrest, the suspect’s arm came off; it was a prosthetic. Another teller told deputies that she recognized the robber from high school as Matthew Meguiar, and that he also lived in her apartment building less than a mile from the bank. Meguiar is being held without bail on a charge of attempted robbery. (JW/Orlando Sentinel) ...Noticed: they didn’t charge him with armed robbery.
Original Publication Date: 06 March 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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