SARASOTA, Fla. - A bank customer turned hero Tuesday afternoon, when an Army Staff Sergeant on vacation helped sheriff's deputies catch an armed bank robber.It happened around 2:30pm at the Bank of America on Bee Ridge Road at Beneva Road in Sarasota.
Staff Sergeant Eddie Peoples, his photo above, was at the bank with his children, when a robber walked in waving a gun and demanding money. Peoples and his family quickly took cover until the suspect left.
And that's when Peoples says instinct took over. “Once he walked out of the bank and my children were no longer in jeopardy, I walked out behind him, got in my vehicle, came over where he was parked at, wedged him in…when he got out of the vehicle he put the gun in my face and told me he was going to shoot me. I took the weapon away from him, took the bag of money away from him, put him on the ground, and the deputies showed up,” says Peoples, more from this source.
Thanks to Army Staff Sergeant Eddie Peoples heroic actions, deputies were able to arrest the suspect, 34-year-old Matthew Rogers. Rogers has a long rap sheet, with charges including burglary and auto theft, see below;
ROGERS MATTHEW 3/11/1977 2009 MM 007837 NC 6/1/2009 Principal - RESIST OFFICER-OBSTRUCT WO VIOLENCE Principal - RECKLESS DRIVING FIRST OFFENSE 3/3/2011 CLOSED (CRIMINAL)
ROGERS MATTHEW 3/11/1977 2009 MM 008836 NC 6/17/2009 Principal - BATTERY-TOUCH OR STRIKE 7/9/2009 CLOSED (CRIMINAL)
ROGERS MATTHEW 3/11/1977 2010 MM 014866 NC 11/18/2010 CONVERTED - VIOLATION OF PROBATION CONVERTED - VIOLATION OF PROBATION Undisposed
ROGERS MATTHEW R 3/11/1977 2011 CF 006993 NC 6/1/2011 Principal - ROBBERY- WITH A FIREARM Principal - ROBBERY-CARJACKING WITH FIREARM OR WEAPON Undisposed
ROGERS MATTHEW RICHARD 3/11/1977 1995 CF 000058 NC 1/12/1995 Principal - BURGL-OF STRUCTURE CONVEYANCE UNARMED WO PERSON INSIDE Principal - STOLEN PROP DEAL IN
Principal - RESIST OFFICER-OBSTRUCT WO VIOLENCE
LARC-PETIT FIRST OFFENSE 6/4/1996 Closed
ROGERS MATTHEW RICHARD 3/11/1977 1996 CF 004179 NC 3/18/1996 Principal - PASS FORGED-ALTERED INSTRUMENT Principal - STOLEN PROP DEAL IN 4/2/1996 Closed
ROGERS MATTHEW RICHARD 3/11/1977 1997 CF 009805 NC 6/20/1997 Solicitation - ROBBERY- WITH A FIREARM 1/30/2001 Closed
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