Andrew Fernandez could have gotten away with his third bank robbery if it wasn’t for one extremely observant customer.
According to official reports, 47 year old Fernandez tried to rob the Lloyds Bank in Coulsdon, UK, earlier this June. As Fernandez pointed a gun at the bank teller and demanded money, a customer realized his gun was a fake. James Rowley, the customer, chased Fernandez out of the bank to the parking lot. Rowley and his co-worker, who was waiting for him in the car outside, managed to detain Fernandez long enough for the police to come and arrest the would-be robber. It turned out he was a suspect in two similar robberies. Fernandez later pleaded guilty to the three crimes and was sentenced to life behind bars.
As for 34 year old Rowley, he received a Police Public Bravery Award, a Commendation and a £1,200 ($2,045) reward for his bravery.