Eugene Storley Talks About Thwarting Bank Robbery

By  //  June 26, 2013

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 ABOVE VIDEO: As bank robber Edward Sotelo demanded money, former U.S. Marine and Law Enforcement officer Eugene Storley at the next window, intervened and  began fighting the bank robber. Click on the above video to hear Storley’s first hand account. VIDEO BY DECLAN CLIFFORD

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BREVARD COUNTY  COCOA, FLORIDA – A bank robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Cocoa was thwarted by the actions of a  former U.S. Marine and Law Enforcement officer.

A bank robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Cocoa was thwarted by the actions of a  former U.S. Marine and Law Enforcement officer. (Image Courtesy Cocoa Police Department)

A bank robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Cocoa was thwarted by the actions of a former U.S. Marine and Law Enforcement officer. (Image Courtesy Cocoa Police Department)

According to a statement from Cocoa Police Public Information Officer Barbara Matthews, Cocoa Police received a call of an armed robbery suspect at approximately 1:05 p.m. on June 24.

Police quickly arrived on scene and were directed by witnesses to where the suspect may have fled.  Police set up a perimeter and quickly located the suspect.

According to witnesses, the suspect, Edward Sotelo entered the bank wearing a construction type hard hat with tape on the front and back and a surgical mask.  Sotelo approached the teller window, pointed the gun at the teller and demanded money.

As Sotelo demanded money, former U.S. Marine and Law Enforcement officer Eugene Storley, who was at the next window, intervened and  began fighting the bank robber.

Sotelo threw his gun and ran from the bank before he received any money and no one was hurt.  Sotelo was apprehended a few moments later across the street.  A short time later, Cocoa’s Police Chief was helping officers search the area and he located Sotelo’s gun.

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