"Mall Ninja...NOT -- Hero Security Guard Saves the Day" !!!


May 6, 2003, 06:08 PM
Here's an interesting story out of southern California where a hero security guard saved the day during a bank robbery.

Notice the article says the security guard was wearing "body armor" -- SMART! It appears that vest saved HIS life from the dirtbag robber.

Here's the link to the article:


Security guard saves day, stops Valley bank robbery

By Jason Kandel
Staff Writer

STUDIO CITY -- Beaten with a gun and shot in the chest, 59-year-old security guard Eduardo Ramos foiled a holdup Thursday of a Bank of America branch.

Attacked outside the bank and saved by a bullet-proof vest from serious injury, Ramos chased off the robber in an exchange of bullets.

The gunman disappeared into Studio City streets after the 9:15 a.m. robbery attempt and a manhunt involving the FBI and Los Angeles police was under way. The suspect was described as African-American, wearing a gray running suit, a bandanna over his mouth and possibly a plaid camouflage jacket.

"We're were running ragged," said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Carlos Velez. "Nothing has panned out so far."

Ramos, who has worked as a bank guard for The Wackenhut Corp. for about six years including two of them at the bank, was treated for his injuries and released from a local hospital.

Police did not know whether the suspect was hit by gunfire, so they notified area hospitals to be on the lookout for patients with unexplained gunshot wounds.

Authorities were amazed that no bystanders were hit during the firefight. The bank, located in the 12300 block of Ventura Boulevard, is in a busy strip of Studio City surrounded by businesses, restaurants and shoppers.

"Whenever there's an exchange of gunfire, we're always surprised," said Velez, who supervises the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division's bank robbery section. "No innocent bystanders were hurt. We were very fortunate on this one."

The bank has been robbed three times in recent years, primarily because of its access to the freeway.

"I've been going to robberies here for seven to eight years," said FBI Supervisory Special Agent John McEachern.

The incident began just after 9 a.m. when the gunman approached the bank and slugged Ramos with the butt of his gun.

Ramos fell to the ground and the robber fired a shot into his chest that was deflected, then ran into the bank, police said.

When Ramos stood up, the gunman came back outside and the shootout began. It was unclear how many rounds were fired, but Ramos emptied his gun. Bullet casings littered the ground as investigators scoured the scene for clues.

Authorities were reviewing video surveillance cameras posted inside and outside the bank.

Bank of America spokesman Ken Preston said bank officials are cooperating with the investigation, and he praised Ramos for his work.

"We're very grateful for his stepping up and taking a role in what happened, preventing -- first the robbery, and also preventing injury to our customers as well as our associates in the bank," he said. "Because of what he did, the suspects were forced to change their plans."

The bank remained closed Thursday but was expected to reopen today.

Brian DuBois, who co-owns the Los Angeles Coin Co. doors away from the bank, said he might have spotted the suspect cowering behind some bushes behind his store.

"I figured maybe it was a homeless guy," he said. "I had no great description for police. That was it."

Officials urged customers who drove by during the incident and who might have seen the shooter to contact them about what they might have seen and heard. Anyone with information is asked to call the 24-hour toll-free number, 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

This guy did a really great job!

:D :cool: :)

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May 6, 2003, 07:05 PM
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Overall, pretty good. If not for the vest, he might be dead.

May 6, 2003, 08:04 PM
Maybe now he'll go to the range a practice.:scrutiny:

Good that he survived.:cool:

Navy joe
May 6, 2003, 09:55 PM
Sounds like all the stray bullets had a happy landing in a safe backstop. Coulda been worse. Good job for staying in the fight instead of just giving up and dying though.

Now about that perp.

possibly a plaid camouflage jacket. Ok, was it plaid or was it camo? If both somehow, it's simple. Go get the only Canadian black guy in SoCal and you've got your man eh?

Matt G
May 6, 2003, 10:16 PM
Yes, it'd be a better story if Ramos had put the guy down, but I question just how one practices for exchanging gunfire with someone after receiving a whallop to the back of the head and a shot to the chest?

Many details are missing about how the interaction of shots ensued when the robber came back outside. Could well be that the guard had some good opportunities to shoot him but had to hold his shots until the BG got to a safe backstop.

The guard really owes his life to the fact that the robber had no plan. If he had known he was going to try to shoot the guard in the first place, he would have been more effective to simply pop him in the back of the head.

May 6, 2003, 11:13 PM
Bullet casings littered the ground

The Brady Bunch will have fun with that one.:rolleyes:

May 6, 2003, 11:36 PM
Wackenhut ?

Everyone knows had it been a Pinkerton guard, the robber not only would have been dead, but field cleaned and stuffed by the time the police arrived.

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
May 7, 2003, 04:06 AM

The suspect was described as African-American, wearing a gray running suit, a bandanna over his mouth and possibly a plaid camouflage jacket.

Plaid cammies?

I bet the Fashion Police catch him first for failure to correctly accesorize.


...who was about to say something about the Black Watch regiment, but refrains.

May 7, 2003, 03:52 PM
I think this security guard did pretty good considering:

1 -- he was "pistol whipped" and knocked down

2 -- he took a round to his chest (with a vest on)

I have heard it said that getting shot in the chest wearing "body armor" still feels like being hit with the force a sledge hammer!

For this security guard to stay "in the fight" even if he did not hit his target (i.e. the armed robber), in my opinion, speaks highly of his "will to survive".

In general, I think being an armed bank security guard is a pretty bad job considering the risk you take for about $10-15 or so bucks an hour!

:uhoh: :what: :scrutiny:

Just my 2 cents...

May 7, 2003, 04:17 PM
I guess I still don't understand why it is okay for a private security guard to defend property but it is not okay for a private citizen to defend (his/her) property ...?

Your property can only be defended if you can afford to hire a guard?

The bank officers hire the guards, but if a bank officer used his(her) own gun to defend the bank, then I suppose he(she) would be in handcuffs.

Or are banks so much more special than mom & pop's grocery store, bookstore, etc ...?

I am not critizing the guard - only commenting on the police reaction.

May 7, 2003, 11:27 PM
He needed ninja climbing spikes and a trama plate in case the robber had a 308.

Good for him... I like to see the Rent-A-Cops get some good press, and the decent ones not treated like the Maytag repair man..

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