62-year-old off-duty security guard with CCW halts Palm Bay bank robbery with 9mm.

A 62-year-old off-duty security guard is being credited with thwarting…

A 62-year-old off-duty security guard is being credited with thwarting an attempted bank robbery in Palm Bay this afternoon.

The attempted robbery occurred just before 2 p.m. at the Space Coast Credit Union at 150 Malabar Rd., not far from the Palm Bay Police Department headquarters.

“The robber was apprehended by a customer with a concealed weapons permit,” said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police Department.

The suspect, Floyd Francis, 23, was taken into custody after the off-duty security guard, identified as Rueben Torres, stepped out of the branch office and walked to the parking lot.

“I went to the car and got my weapon,” said Torres, who stopped off at the bank before heading to work. Torres then pulled his 9mm on the robber before he left the branch building.

“I guess it’s the New Yorker in me,” Torres said about his decision to get involved.

The suspect appeared apologetic before officers arrived and placed him in handcuffs, Rueben said.

He was taken to police headquarters for further questioning, officials said.

Bank staffers, including the tellers, gave Torres several hugs.

“Mr. Torres’ actions, while not encouraged, are appreciated and were very courageous,” Lt. Mark Renkens said in a statement. “He took action to stop a crime in progress and fortunately made a positive difference in the outcome.”

Source: J.D. Gallop for Florida Today.

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  • Eddie Renta

    I have been a CHL holder for the past five years and have never had to draw my weapon on anyone and I never wish for the moment I would have to. However, I practice shooting drills regularly especially now that I am deployed and the ammo is free and available to me. I know for a fact that if I had to prevent any type of violent crime I would be effective using lethal force if necessary while minimizing the danger of injuring bystanders. You never know when you might have to act in self defense or the defense of others. This is why practice and self confidence is important.

  • Otto

    Getting involved and helping others in a dire situation is a natural human reaction that is becoming less and less common. We are training people to be by-standers, to let “others” take care of problems, to keep walking and look the other way when someone needs help.

    Even the reaction of the police Lt. by saying “not encouraged” shows how pathetic our society is becoming. Eventually, good samaritans will be non-existant and we will depend completely on government agencies for our very survival.

    I hope we don’t become a people of fearful wimps. Next time it could be any of us needing help. Hopefully someone will step up to our aid.

  • Steven S

    I am retired LEO and might have just taken down info or followed the perp.I do NOT UNDER ANY circumstance want to take a chance of precipitating gunfire and thereby causing the death or harm to innocents.But this was a good stop and proud of the job he did.

  • Eddie Renta

    I would have done the same thing. Eventhough you are not required to get involved in deterring crime, I believe CHL or CCW permit holders should take a more active role in crime prevention whenever possible. Just imagine how safe the U.S. would be if that happened. If you are a permit holder and you are not ready for something like this to happen to you well maybe you shouldn’t have a CHL or CCW permit. Unless you just want a weapon as a wardrobe accessory. Concealed carry is not for everyone.

  • Not encouraged? WRONG!

    Florida CWL states . What if I see a crime being committed?

    A. A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman. But, as stated earlier, deadly force is justified if you are trying to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. The use of deadly force must be absolutely necessary to prevent the crime. Also, if the criminal runs away, you cannot use deadly force to stop him, because you would no longer be “preventing” a crime. If use of deadly force is not necessary, or you use deadly force after the crime has stopped, you could be convicted of manslaughter.

    Texas CHL law reads Lethal Force is authorized to prevent. Aggravated Kidnapping, Murder, Sexual Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Robbery and Aggravated Robbery.

    Not encouraged is not the correct answer.

  • wes wallace

    we need more people to step up and do things like this!!