Ruben Kendrick had just stepped out of the bathroom of a Citizens Bank in Warren when he was confronted with a bank robber pointing a gun in his face.
Moments later, Kendrick, 60, was able to draw a pistol of his own – and he emptied the gun as the suspect tried to flee, authorities said.
New details emerged in Monday’s bank heist that ended with the alleged robber, Henry Mann, 43, of Ypsilanti, bloodied and on the ground outside. He had been shot by Kendrick, a customer, before collapsing with $11,000 in cash and a Colt Mark IV pistol.
Mann was taken to a hospital with non-critical injuries. Kendrick was uninjured.
“The good guy won out over the bad guy,” said Warren’s mayor, Jim Fouts. Kendrick could not be reached for comment.
The robbery took place on Monday afternoon, at the bank near 9 Mile and Van Dyke.
When Mann walked in, he did not make clear that he was robbing the bank immediately – in fact, he asked a teller how he could set up a “direct deposit,” according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI in federal court.
The teller asked him to have a seat. But instead of waiting, Mann took out a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at her, according to the complaint.
But Kendrick said that he couldn’t. Mann then grabbed him by the back of the neck and pushed him to one side of the counter, the complaint said.
Mann then demanded that he be given “all the (expletive) money,” with no hidden dye packs, according to the complaint.
Employees handed him the cash, but Kendrick looked over his shoulder and put a round in the chamber of his concealed Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9 mm, which could hold eight rounds, according to Fouts and Warren Police. He had a license to carry a concealed weapon, Fouts said.
Then Kendrick opened fire. He emptied the rounds, hitting the robber three times – once in each arm, and once in a leg. Another shot smashed the glass of a bank’s window.
Mann never returned fire, though his Colt Mark IV was found to be loaded.
Moments later, Mann staggered out of the bank and fell. Of the $11,000 or so he dropped, about $2,000 is still missing, Fouts said.
The shooting is under investigation, but it appears Kendrick was justified in his actions, said Fouts, who added that he was still awaiting a conclusion from authorities. The FBI is investigating the robbery, while police in Warren are handling the shooting that followed.
Fouts also said the situation ended “pretty good,” and he was glad no one else was seriously hurt. He said that Kendrick may have saved other people from harm, but added: “We don’t want vigilante justice.”