65-Year-Old Ex-Marine Fights Off Bank Robber

'You gotta be kidding me' he said

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2013 3:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – No matter how young and fit you are, odds are you're not as badass as Eugene Storley. The 65-year-old ex-Marine and ex-cop was in a bank Monday afternoon when a man came in wearing a hard hat and breathing mask and pointed a gun at the teller. "You gotta be kidding me," Storely grumbled, before stepping in, grabbing the would-be robber's arm, and grappling with him until the taller man fled empty-handed, Florida Today reports.

"You know, I gotta protect the public," Storely tells Fox 35. He says he's "pretty well trained" and wasn't worried about the gun. "I figured if he had to shoot me, he'd shoot me." Local police soon caught up with the alleged robber, identified as 43-year-old Edward Sotelo. They're investigating whether he may have been the culprit in another crime committed by a similarly adorned suspect.

This security camera image shows Eugene Storley grappling with the alleged would-be robber   (Fox 35 Orlando)
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I wasn’t gonna let this guy get away with anything. He would have had to shoot me if worst came to worst before I’d let him hurt anybody in
the bank. - Eugene Storely

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