From various media reports... An attempted bank robbery in Canton, Michigan played out like a scene from a movie Monday when a man who police say claimed to have a bomb was stopped by a customer armed with a pistol.
The drama started just after a bank on Michigan Ave. opened around 9 a.m. Police say 54-year-old Joseph Webster from Washtenaw County walked up to a teller and handed her a note claiming he had a bomb strapped to his body.
The fast-thinking teller hit the silent alarm while filling a bag with money. Another teller saw the situation unfolding and alerted Nabil Fawzi, 39, a long-time customer. He pulled out a .9 mm handgun (for which he had a CCW permit), racked a bullet in the chamber, pointed it at Webster and announced, "You are not robbing this bank!" The startled Webster countered with, "but, I have a bomb." Fawzi wasn't impressed. "I don't care. You are not robbing this bank!" He then forced the Webster into a chair and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
Police reported there were no injuries, no issues with Fawzi's CCW permit, and no bomb found at the scene. Of special note is the fact that no one was injured and the criminal was safely held until police were able to respond at a later time. Incidentally, some banks apparently have a policy prohibiting its employees from carrying a weapon of self-defense.