The anti-gun crowd doesn’t think stories like this actually happen, but the fact of the matter is gun owners stop crime and save lives so often that we are not able to report every incident.
In this case a criminal trying to use a stun-gun to rob a bank customer outside of a Concord, NC bank was in for the shock of his life when an armed gun owner intervened.
36-year-old Gary Spencer was sitting in a bank parking lot, and little did he know that he was about to witness a crime. Spencer had just dropped off his son at school and was waiting for his wife to deposit a check at a Wells Fargo Bank in Concord, NC.
After a minute Spencer said he saw what looked like a skinny white man and a stocky black man wrestling, but he thought nothing of it because it looked like they were fake-wrestling and horsing around. But when he heard a loud zapping sound he looked closer and saw the men were fighting over a red money bag.
A stun gun carrying criminal had just forced a victim to withdraw $5,000 from his bank account and when the two had exited the bank the victim was attacked with the stun gun.
According to independenttribune.com Spencer took quick action and used his wife’s gun to stop the crime.
“It happened really fast,” Spencer said, adding the suspect had a getaway car set up so he could take the money and run.
Spencer and his wife both have concealed carry permits, and he said when he realized what was happening, he reached into his wife’s purse and pulled out her Kel-Tec .380 pistol.
“I grabbed the gun, and as I opened up the door of the truck, I started running across the parking lot,” Spencer said. “As I was loading up the gun to put one into the chamber, I ran up to about … 20 feet from where the struggle was going on.”
The suspect was holding a stun device against the victim with one hand and restraining the victim with the other hand. But when Spencer drew his gun on the suspect it changed the entire situation.
“And I said ‘stop, I have a gun,’” Spencer said. The man turned around, saw Spencer and his gun, slammed the stun gun down on the ground and fled in a green Honda Civic, described as stolen in a Concord Police Department incident report.
“He didn’t get the money, and I didn’t have to shoot anybody,” Spencer said, relieved. “The good citizens actually got to take one home yesterday. It felt good to help somebody out, you know, out there in the world.”
No arrests have yet been made in this case but Spencer was able to get the license plate number of the suspect in the getaway car. The police are looking for a stocky black man standing around 5 foot 7 and in his late 30’s.
This story is further proof that Spencer’s gun was the true difference maker here. He even admitted that he never would have been able to stop the suspect without it.
“A gun can change the whole thing around,” he said. The suspect was a large man, and it would have been hard to bring him down with brute strength. “Do you want to help somebody if they’re in need of help, or are you going to turn your head … and act like it’s not going on?” he asked. “I don’t see it as a hero thing. I just see it as me stepping up for somebody that needed a hand.”