You just don’t want to mess with a badass war veteran. Staff Sgt. Eddie Peoples took down Mathew Rogers after he robbed the bank Eddie and his boys were in. On June 1st, 2011 Eddie was given a hero’s thank you from the Sarasota Sheriff’s office for stopping and apprehending Rogers. Impressed by Peoples quick thinking and action the Sheriff told Peoples that he has a job waiting for him when he gets out of the military.
The robbery took place at a Bank of America in Sarasota, FL. Stg. People was in the bank with his two boys Ikaika, 6-years-old and Kioni, 4-years-old when they found themselves in the middle of a bank robbery. Surveillance footage shows 34-year-old Mathew Rogers entering the bank waving a gun around and demanding cash from each of the four bank tellers. Eddie shielded his boys while the robbery took place. Peoples told his boys to hid behind the chairs as Peoples using his body and more chairs to protect his kids. When Rogers threatened peoples 6-year-old son Peoples fatherly instincts coupled with his military training turned him into the most badass dad who was about to handle the situation. Rogers had no idea who is was messing with, but he was about to find out.
“I was really upset and I guess he looked at my face because he said”, ‘hey you the big black guy, don’t try anything.’ As the perp left the bank Peoples sprang into action. “I took him to war basically”, People recalls, “I came after him, hard and aggressive.” Peoples used his van to block Rogers car from leaving the Bank of America’s parking lot. Rogers became angry and violent, getting out of his car and attempting to open the van door to attack peoples. When he couldn’t get into the van Peoples opened the door and used his military training to subdue Rogers. Once Peoples stepped out of his van Rogers put his gun up to Eddie’s forehead and Eddie put him in a wrist lock and stripped him of his weapon. After getting the weapon from Rogers Peoples realized that the weapon was a toy and he took the Rogers to the ground.
“I’ve been through five deployments,” he told FOX 13 News. “I’ve fought the Muqtada militia, everybody you can think of, so weapons getting pointed at me, it doesn’t really bother me anymore.” This off duty Sergeant said that the encounter with Rogers was nothing compared to being in a Middle East war zone. Peoples ever said he felt bad for Rogers because he knew it wasn’t a fair fight and hoped he hadn’t hurt Rogers to bad.
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