MMA fighter thwarts bank robbery attempt in Largo

May 20th, 2015 by Staff

Police say Haritakis chased the suspect and detained him until authorities arrived.


(WFTS.COM) LARGO, Fla. – A MMA fighter hog-tied a suspected bank robber on Friday afternoon in Largo.

Eric Haritakis was waiting inside the Grow Financial branch on Starkey Road when he noticed the credit union was being robbed.
Deputes said Michael Jon Neubecker handed the clerk a note and took off with an undisclosed amount of money. 

Haritakis ran after Neubecker and detained him outside of the credit union.

“I saw the right time and I realized that if he had a weapon that he would have drawn it already, said Haritakis.  I just timed it right and took him down.

A nearby shop owner gave the MMA fighter some duct tape and Haritakis tied the suspect up until deputies arrived.
Neubecker was charged with one count of unarmed robbery.

Deputies don’t recommend apprehending criminals. Sherrif Bob Gualtieri said people near a crime should just call 9-1-1.


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