An Ardmore citizen reportedly tackled an alleged armed robbery suspect and assisted police in tracking the man Tuesday afternoon.
Ardmore Police Department Capt. Keith Ingle said the suspect allegedly robbed the Bank of the West at gun point around 2:15 p.m., escaping with an undisclosed amount of money.
While the suspect was on the run, a citizen nearby in the area reportedly spotted him with the money in hand and overheard an individual yelling and motioning at the man, Ingle said.
"He chased him thinking that the guy had stolen a purse from a lady or something because he was carrying something in his hand and the lady was screaming and pointing and he didn’t hear what they said," Ingle said. "He just thought that the guy had robbed her so he chased him."
The suspect, who was allegedly armed with a gun and a knife, spun around and pulled a weapon on the citizen, Ingle said, adding that the citizen defended himself with his hands and managed to knock the suspect down.
"The guy got up after that and ran, jumped a fence, and the citizen ran back to let police know where he went because he couldn’t chase him anymore," Ingle said. "He didn’t see exactly which way he ran after he knocked him down because it was so thick in the brush and stuff."
The citizen suggested an area for police to begin their search using the department’s K-9 officer Lucky, who was reportedly able to pick up the scent, Ingle said. "K-9 Lucky and Corporal Garrett were able to locate the suspect after a short track and took him into custody," he said.
The suspect dropped the bag of money while being pursued that was allegedly taken from the the bank and police were able to recover the cash, along with the suspect’s weapons. The suspect is currently being held in the Carter County Jail and no names are being released at this time.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation will be taking over the investigation as all bank robberies fall under the FBI’s jurisdiction, Ingle said. "We just got lucky and caught him thanks to the citizen slowing him down."