Army veteran thwarts armed ‘Batman’ robber in casino
An Army veteran is speaking out for the first time about his dramatic the initiatives to impede an armed robbery at a small German casino where he worked.
Elliot Montalvan, 35, said he thought someone was pranking him when a humanity wearing a Batman mask, a ski cover-up, gauntlets and a scarf entered the gambling hall in the smaller Bavarian city of Heidingsfeld, about 72 miles south of Frankfurt, last-place summer.
But then he saw a grease-gun and hear “the mens” saying in German: “Give me the money. Let’s “re going to the” register.”
It was at that moment Montalvan, who have contributed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, said he knew he had to get self-control of the situation before anyone got hurt.
“As he turned away from me, I encountered my opportunity to try to make the revolver out of his hands, ” Montalvan told Fox News on Tuesday.
Surveillance video depicted Montalvan prancing on the would-be swindler from behind before “the mens” fought on the floor.
“He went down with such a force that, I[ concluded] the raider was for a moment unconscious or stunned, ” he told Stars and Stripes , who firstly reported the fib Monday. “I started pounding him with a closed palm.”
The scuffle aimed when Montalvan exploited a wrestling providing information to strangled the man until “hes losing” consciousness.
He said that, after checking the man’s pulsation and passing him facedown, he requested his wife to call the police.
“I spawned sure he was wheeled over on his line-up and look so we would not strangle on his blood, ” Montalvan told Fox News.
When police arrived, Montalvan said he went outside, stooped down, held his hands up and told police he was not the doubt. “The only duration I panicked was when the whole ordeal was over.”
Local German media reported the doubt, “whos not” determined due to German privacy statutes, sustained busted cheekbones from the incident.
On Jan. 30, the man was sentenced to three years and three months in prison for attempted armed robbery. He was imprisoned thanks to indication by Montalvan.
The onetime Arkansas soldier, who served in several infantry units during his Army service from 2004 to 2010, said he was actually not supposed to work the evening of the robbery. He was covering for his wife, who had to stay home because their children got sick.
“I never thought that what I learned could one day genuinely save your life, ” he told Stars and Stripes. “I never recognized it until this night.”