Bank President Greets Robber —With Colt .380

Peoples Bank in Missouri supports concealed gun rights
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2012 11:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – A bank robber in a Chucky mask got more than he bargained for when he stole $4,779 from the family-owned Peoples Bank & Trust in Missouri this week—the business end of a Colt .380 handgun. The robbery was witnessed by bank president David W. Thompson, who followed the 58-year-old out to the parking lot and drew his gun as the robber sat in his Ford pickup, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. When the robber indicated he, too, had a gun and might use it, Thompson discouraged the idea. "You don’t want to go there,” Thompson told him. “This will end badly.”

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Police say that the man charged, Donald Ray Lee, didn't even have a gun. But Thompson's response might not have been all that surprising—the bank prominently features a sign at the front door announcing concealed weapons are allowed. “I didn’t have time to get scared,” said Thompson, 58, a life member of the National Rifle Association. "I was excited. Your adrenaline pumps. He robbed a bank, he menaced my employees, and I don’t allow that.” Lee's neighbor said she thinks Lee may be suffering from dementia. (Read more Missouri stories.)

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