Retired Police Officer Helps Foil Bank Robbery

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A career criminal is charged with robbing a bank, while he was on work release from prison.  Des Moines police say 48-year old Laymon English tried to hold up the U.S. Bank on East Euclid Friday afternoon.

He was on work release at the time after serving seven years for armed robbery. But his plans to rob the bank were foiled by two customers who wrestled him to the ground.

One of those customers is 64-year old retired Des Moines cop John Dolan.   "(I was) there to deposit a check and saw the teller's eyes just kinda bug out and I looked in the direction she was looking and saw the black hooded sweatshirt and black ski mask." english_laymonDolan says,   "I just leapt over for the fella and the guy in the next teller had a large cash deposit out on the counter. He jumped on him too, took him down and that's when the gun dropped out. I didn't see the gun 'til it hit the floor."

English is being held in the Polk County Jail.  He is charged with robbery and will likely also be charged with escape.

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