Security camera footage revealed the heroics performed by Robert Sakosky (63) at the Honesdale National Bank, in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. It was approximately noon on October 20 when a masked robber rushed into the bank with a pistol in hand, aimed it at a clerk, and demanded cash. Sakosky watched the incident unfold before his eyes while the accused, John Ryall (38), grabbed the cash and sought to flee.

Sakosky, despite his age, sprang into action and tackled the much younger man. Two other customers joined in the fray as Ryall was pushed against a wall. Once Sakosky disarmed Ryall, he slammed the robber to the ground, unmasked the marauder, and took the bank bag containing the cash. 

Ryall managed to get away while Sakosky sought to alert an approaching police officer of Ryall’s escape path. The Scott Township police officer chased him through the neighborhood and tackled Ryall. The thief was handcuffed and arrested. Ryall is currently facing charges of robbery, six counts of reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault, possession of an instrument of a crime, and theft. Ryall has been described in news reports as a homeless man. He told police that he needed money for his child.

Sakosky is the general manager of the Carbondale Grand Hotel. Employees at the hotel told local WNEP news that they were both "shocked by and proud of what he did." Wade Nordahl, a hotel employee, told WNEP: "He's definitely a hero, but he's just a normal guy. I mean, he's personable. He's a good boss. He never gets angry. I'm honestly surprised he did it."

Ryall was taken to the Lackawanna County lockup.




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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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