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Security Guard Snares Suspect; Police Give Him Application

September 10, 1989

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Police gave a job application to an unarmed bank security guard who chased and tackled a man later booked for investigation of robbery Saturday, authorities said.

″He’s the type of guy we’re looking for,″ Sgt. Bob Grant said of the Pinkerton guard, Aundra Spencer.

A man walked into a Bank of America branch and handed a teller a withdrawal ticket that read, ″This is a holdup,″ Grant said. The teller gave the man $1,020, then triggered a silent alarm that alerted Spencer as the suspect left the branch, he said.

Spencer chased, tackled and handcuffed the man as onlookers and subway construction workers cheered him on, the sergeant said. He then escorted the man back to the bank and forced him to lie on the floor until police arrived.

Police later said James Ernest Davis, 44, was booked for investigation on four counts of bank robbery. Davis was being held at Parker Center Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.

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