It happened outside the Bank of America branch on New Hampshire Avenue near Randolph Road.
The Dunbar armored truck pulled up about 10:30 a.m. outside the bank to deliver money.
While the guard was walking to the bank with the money, he was accosted by at least one armed man, who relieved him of the money.
The armed robber fled the scene. Officers were searching the surrounding neighrborhoods, including by helicopter, for any sign of the robber, and any possible accomplices.
A police K9 briefly followed, but then lost, the man’s tracks.
Detectives say their investigation is just getting underway, but note that bold armored car robberies are usually more than just crimes of opportunity.
“When you are dealing with an armored car guard, you are dealing with someone who is armed, so there is a lot more risk for the suspect,” said Sgt. Tom Jordan.
The armored car guard and his driver declined comment and police will not disclose how much money the gunman grabbed. But business owners in the small office building they share with he bank say for a day at least he took their sense of security.
“That’s wild,” said James Harris, a barber shop owner. “It’s liable to happen anywhere. Know what I’m saying? But it’s tough, got me not working right about now.”
Police declined to say what kind of getawat vehicle they suspect the robber used.
Charles Ardister was charged after he allegedly robbed a series of banks along Interstate 20 in Georgia and Alabama.
Authorities said Ardister was seen in surveillance pictures from robberies in April.
Tracey Harris said she was in line just ahead of him during one crime. “Oh my gosh, I would have never known. He didn’t stand out in any way, of course. It’s just shocking,” she said.
Ardister resigned from the state patrol in 1997.
Authorities said they caught him as he was getting ready to leave the state.
A Florida Highway Patrol officer was killed in a fiery crash on the turnpike Saturday night.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Trooper Patrick Ambroise was parked in his 2006 Ford Crown Victoria on the right shoulder near the Okeechobee interchange, when his cruiser was hit in the back by a black Lexus.
Both vehicles caught fire and Ambroise was unable to get out. He died at the scene.
The driver of the Lexus was identified as 19-year-old Jonathan Robert Garcia from Miramar.
He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital with serious but stable injuries.
Ambroise, 35, began his career with FHP in 2006.
He leaves behind a wife and two daughters who are 5 years and 3 months old.
Family friend Maudira Escarment told Local 10′s Ben Kennedy that Ambroise was a great husband and father.
“I was shocked when I heard the news. He was always quiet, always quiet, never had a problem with anybody,” Escarment said.
Police arrested Matthew Lamar McDaniel on Saturday and he was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
Officials said McDaniel is currently a Delta Air Lines pilot and has been for the past 13 years.
McDaniel had his first court appearance Sunday and was released on $5,700 bond.
The circumstances surrounding McDaniel’s arrest have not been released.
Noel Rioux, 54, of Nottingham, Md., was charged with false public alarm and impersonating a law-enforcement officer, and he was being held in the Atlantic County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.
Rioux first called hotel security about 7 a.m. to say he was a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and that he was being held hostage with a gun pointed at his head in a Trump Plaza room.
The Police Department’s detectives and emergency response team deployed to the hotel. In subsequent calls, he gave different locations throughout the hotel, McMenamin said, and authorities determined he was not in jeopardy.
Rioux was located and arrested after he tried to steal from a gift shop, McMenamin said.
University president Steven Knapp announced the student’s death during commencement on Sunday, and graduates observed a moment of silence.
Taylor Hubbard of Lexington City, Md., fell out of a window at Guthridge Hall, a high-rise building in the 2100 block of F Street NW, around 4 a.m. Saturday. Officials say the 20-year-old sophomore was taken to George Washington University Hospital.
D.C. police described the fall as accidental. A police official said it appeared that the fall was from a fifth-floor window. D.C. police and campus police are investigating.
In a statement to the university on Saturday, GWU President Steven Knapp extended sympathy to the student’s family and friends and asked that they and the student be kept in “our thoughts and prayers.”
Chicago ILL May 17 2010
source:chicago tribune A South Side woman activated an emergency signal in her car while at a currency exchange with a gunman who had taken her and her husband from home to cash their check for him.
“It was only a push away,” the woman, 61, who spoke to the Tribune on Sunday on condition of anonymity, said of the OnStar button.
After she pushed the button early Friday, Chicago police were requested by OnStar to respond to the 300 block of West 79th Street, the currency exchange’s location.
After police scuffled with parolee Jerrell Arterberry, 24, he was charged with home invasion with a firearm and aggravated battery of a police officer. A Cook County judge ordered Arterberry, of the 3200 block of West Fulton Boulevard, held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The ordeal started about 4:30 a.m., when the woman’s husband, dressed in a bright red suit and alligator boots, was returning to his home in the 7500 block of South Harvard Avenue from singing karaoke at a bar, his wife said. The robber, standing on the corner smoking a cigarette, told him he looked like a pimp and demanded his money, the woman said.
The man said he didn’t have any money and led the man into his house, where he woke up his wife.
“Babe, come here,” the man said to his wife.
“I told him it’s 4 in the morning and I’m sleeping,” she said. “But he insisted I come downstairs.”
The husband told his wife to get some money, she said. She went to the back of the house to retrieve $700.
When she gave the money to the robber, he said: “This isn’t enough,” she said. She then wrote a separate check and told the robber that they could cash it at a nearby currency exchange.
The robber then led the husband and wife to the car at gunpoint and ordered them to drive him to get the check cashed, the woman said.
At the check-cashing business, the woman, her husband and the robber were standing outside when the woman said that she dropped the check on the floor of the car. She went inside the vehicle and tried to activate the OnStar system, but it didn’t work because the keys were not in the ignition.
She came back out with the check, but then told the robber that she was cold, and he allowed her go back and get her coat, the woman said. Back in the car, she got the keys from her coat pocket, pressed the OnStar button, prompting an operator to ask her about the nature of the emergency.
“I slammed the door real quick and whispered for the woman to call the police,” the woman said.
At the currency exchange, the robber tried to cash the check but was met by two police officers, Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Cheronis said. The robber hit one officer in the left eye with the handgun and threw the other officer to the ground before being arrested, Cheronis said.
Arterberry is on parole for a 2005 felony armed robbery conviction, in which he was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released from Robinson Correctional Center in August, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
“I’m considering moving,” the woman said. “I’m just paranoid. I just don’t feel safe here anymore.”
Assistant Police Chief Ralph Godbee said that Aiyana Jones was hit in the neck by a bullet and died at a hospital.
“This is any parent’s worst nightmare. It also is any police officer’s worst nightmare,” Godbee said.
The officer involved is on paid leave pending the investigation, Godbee said.
The shooting occurred while officers were looking for a suspect in Friday’s shooting death of a 17-year-old boy.
Officers threw a flash-bang device — which causes a bright flash and noise — into a home on the city’s east side at about 12:45 a.m. and immediately entered, guns drawn, Godbee said.
“I heard boom! Detroit police! Pop! It happened so fast,” said Krystal Sanders, 30, an aunt of the girl who said she was in the home at the time of the incident.
Aiyana’s grandmother Mertilla Jones was in the front room of the house and tussled with the first officer when his gun discharged, hitting Aiyana, police said.
“I (saw) the light go out of her eyes,” said Jones, 47, who had been questioned by police and released. “They killed my grandbaby.”
Sunday’s incident comes at a time when the city is reeling from two weeks of shooting deaths — that of the teenager and police officer Brian Huff, killed May 3.
The suspect sought in the teenager’s death was arrested at the house.
Police did not release the suspect’s name and charges had not been filed as of Sunday night.
“This is a tragedy of unspeakable magnitude to Aiyana’s parents, family and all those who loved her,” Godbee said. “We cannot undo what occurred this morning. All we can do is to pledge an open and full investigation, and to support Aiyana’s family in whatever way.”
“We have executed countless high-risk warrants where children have been present,” Godbee said. “This was a perfect storm for tragedy.”
Family members said Aiyana was outgoing, friendly and loved to sing and dance.
“Everybody loved her,” her father, Charles Jones, said. “And she loved everybody.”