There are many stories published here that have described robberies occurring within the city of Tallahassee. If fact, there seems to be a rash of robberies and purse snatchings here in the capital city. In almost every event, the robber seems to make a clean get away. Have you ever asked yourself what the new TV series asks, “What would you do?” if you witnessed one of these crimes and was within reach of making an attempt to stop it.
The experts will tell you that it is best “to do nothing” and just cooperate and get a good description of the suspect to give to the police. If you think about how apparently easy we, as a society, have made it for the world-be robber. Banks do not have a security guard physically present in the bank and if they did, that guard most likely would be armed with a can of pepper spray and a cell phone. Every business fears the liability of an employee taking any defensive action that could lead to an injury or death. Insurance experts will tell you that liability claims are not payable if the business, or action taken, is found to be a contributing factor. The clerk at Bill’s MiniMart got tired of being robbed and he armed himself without the knowledge of the business owner (or atleast that is the alleged report) and defended himself for fear of his life. The robber was armed and displayed a handgun. There is no doubt that the word on the street is to stay away from Bill’s Mini-mart as a target for future robberies. Florida’s “stand your ground” law favors the clerk that is allowed to fight back, force on force. But, it takes more courage than most employees want to take. In almost every case, the employer informs all employees not to become heros and let the business take the loss, i.e., money, jewlery, or what ever the robber wants. However, what if the robber starts to demand personal items from the employees, such as wallets, purses, and jewlery on their person? For a moment, would you take a chance and put up a fight rather than give up your expensive wedding ring? The ring that your husband could barely afford and worked many hours overtime to buy. Well, a grandmother recently get very angry at a robber and took action.
Helen Dunsford was annoyed by a woman who walked into a Bank of America bank in Oakland Park, Florida, and demanded $10,000 from the teller claiming that she had a gun in her purse. Helen is a grandmother and told police that she has stage four cancer and had little to lose when she tackled the woman without fear and took her to the floor of the bank. Dunsford said, “She just got on my nerves”. The bank robber, 32 year old Renee Green, was held by Dunsford until the police arrived and put her into custody. When asked if she was afraid, Dunsford said, “If I’m going to die, it will be God’s will not some woman with a gun”. Aron Lassin, a witness in the bank. told police that, “I was more scared than her, I tell you that. She is one brave old lady”.
Deunsford was inteviewed by the FBI (most banks are federally insured and the primary agency to investigate is the FBI) and a later attempt to interview her was met with her saying, “The FBI doesn’t want me to talk to you, please, OK?” The FBI took two other people into custody for questioning seen accompanying Renee Green. FBI Agent Michael Leverock stated that what Dunsford did is not recommended. This writer salutes Helen Dunsford and admires her bravery and courage. Would you have done the same thing?
Reference: Robbery Suspect Shot in Tallahassee article written by this writer