Drug dealer foils bank robbery
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As bank robberies go, the events at a Bank of Louisiana branch in Slidell started out in fairly typical fashion Wednesday with two apparent robbers, a demand note and a threat to shoot the teller if the demand was not met.This guy does appear to have some boundaries he won't cross. It is not uncommon for the guy in the getaway car to claim that he just thought his passenger was going into a store to cash as check so he did not think there was anything funny about him coming out with a lot of cash. This guy definitely does not fit that pattern.
But as the robbery was unfolding, things took a very weird turn. As the teller began to hand over the money to one of the men, his companion turned on him.
"Hey, don't take that woman's money!" he shouted before tackling him and knocking the money out of his hand. The two men struggled, rolling on the ground, and a male bystander, apparently unaware of the crime that was unfolding, pulled the companion off the would-be robber, who wriggled out of his coat and escaped, Slidell Police spokesman Kevin Foltz said.
The man left behind his wallet and his companion, Harry G. Wilson of New Orleans, leaving police to figure out whether Wilson was a hero, as he and witnesses claimed, or a co-conspirator in a poorly planned robbery attempt.
In the end, Wilson, 42, turned out to be a hero of sorts for foiling the robbery, police said. But he's far from a model citizen.
While officers were questioning Wilson inside the bank, officers noticed that his mouth contained rocks of cocaine, which he eventually swallowed, Foltz said. And he had a crack pipe in his pocket.
Wilson was emphatic that he was no bank robber. "I'm just a drug dealer. That's what I do," Foltz quoted him as saying.
According to police, the robber and Wilson had met at a hotel off Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans the night before, and the robbery suspect owed Wilson money, apparently for drugs.
The would-be robber suggested that Wilson accompany him to the Slidell bank at 636 Gause Blvd., where he'd make a withdrawal and repay him.