Good Samaritans Take Down Bank Robber In Portersville

PORTERSVILLE (KDKA) — A handful of Good Samaritans tackled an armed bank robber.

The robbery happened at the First National Bank in Portersville on Perry Highway. The alleged robber had a gun, mask and an armload of cash.

Four men who saw what happened decided to take action.

“When my co-worker pulled up, that froze him and then I was able to just take him down and then that pretty much ended it,” said one of the men who did not want to be identified. “He was pretty much spent at that point.”

One of the civilians was on foot. His two co-workers were in a car. Postmaster Alan Snyder also pursued him in his Smart car.

The four men realized the suspect had a gun in his pocket. They disarmed him and sat on top of him until police arrived.

“It’s pretty unusual in this day and age people would step up and become involved like that,” State Police Sgt. Steven Russo said. “So, it helped us out greatly.”

One of the men had a license to carry a firearm and pulled out his weapon on the suspect.

The bank robbery suspect is now being questioned by State police in Butler.

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  • Gary Ray

    Don’t mess with rednecks :-)

  • Anvil

    With the NRA convention in town, this story would be fitting to their message.
    The timing of this is ironic, to say the least.

    • Webster

      No, it’s a coincidence…not ironic

  • S KIllmeyer

    “Postmaster Snyder pursued him in his Smart car”. No one pulled a gun. They sat on him until police arrived. These are some pretty heroic and cool rednecks.

    • S Killmeyer

      Ah I see someone did pull a gun….still heroic though….

  • Tommygun17

    Racist comments from a couple of morons. Rednecks?? Why is that acceptable? Ill tell you what….you wont find to many inner city *&^%$#S who would stop an armed bank robber. That’s the problem today….not enough “rednecks”. Ill live next to a good old boy “redneck” anyday. You stick with your wannabe drug dealing murdering ghetto trash>>>>see who is safer. Morons.

  • Frank

    So the co-workers car was just a car. But we have to state that the postmaster was in a Smart (which is spelled smart, not Smart) car? I guess this is like typical KDKA reporting when someone crashes their motorcycle vs their Harley Davidson. Sad that the reporters fall for the marketing hype/labels.

    But kudos to the people who took down this POS!

  • Karen

    Neighbors looking out for neighbors and willing to get involved, instead of standing by, tsk-tsking! This is why people move to the small town/ rural areas!

  • Darth Vader

    Pretty Ballsy to stop a robber who wasnt even robbing you!! Dummies but heyyy they got lucky

  • Craig

    People are crazy.. dont get yourself into drugs and maybe you wont go robbing banks. It’s a bank people your gonna get caught so stop robbing banks or place its stupid!..if you need money GET A JOB OR GO TO SCHOOL?, thats what hardcore drugs do to you i guess!

  • v

    I know this man that was on the news.I don’t think he is a redneck at all…in fact I believe his neck is more of a buff color…unless sunburned. And he is no dummy. I think there should be more people out there like my fam.

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