Man Dies Trying to Stop Bank Robber

Vincent Kelley jumped in suspect's car
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2013 1:59 PM CDT
Man Dies Trying to Stop Bank Robber
An image form a surveillance video released by the South Strabane Township Police shows a robbery Sunday, June 16, 2013, at the Citizens Bank inside the Giant Eagle at Strabane Square.   ((AP Photo/Observer-Reporter, Mike Jones))

A Pennsylvania bank robbery suspect fatally shot a supermarket customer who ran after him and tried to stop his getaway car, police say. Vincent Kelley, 46, was shopping with a friend at the Giant Eagle in Strabane Square when the man robbed an in-store Citizens Bank branch about 2:30pm yesterday. The robber, dressed in black and disguised by a mask and a large, light-colored floppy hat, jumped back over the bank counter with a duffel bag full of money over his shoulder, and Kelley gave chase.

"The guy pulled the gun on Vinnie right outside the store, and Vinnie didn't stop," says his friend. The robber started driving away; Kelley jumped into the car and grabbed for a knife he kept on his belt. "When he reached for his belt, the guy reached up behind his head over the seat and shot off six rounds out of his gun," continues his friend. Kelley fell out of the car as the suspect drove away—though police believe the white compact car should be easy to identify because a red dye pack hidden in the money exploded. "I certainly applaud a citizen's efforts to help society, but you see the ramifications," says the police chief. "It cost him his life." Adds Kelley's 19-year-old daughter, "This is Father's Day and he's supposed to be with me. I want whoever did this to know how much it hurts." (Read more bank robbery stories.)

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