Bank Customers Stop Knife-Wielding Suspect

Monday, March 7th 2016, 9:42 pm
By: News 9

Three customers in a local bank leaped onto a man wielding a butcher knife Monday morning in a bank. 

It happened inside the Bank of Oklahoma, 2601 N Meridian Ave. 

Bill LeGrand said he was one of several customers waiting in line, when police say 68-year-old David Hammer pulled a butcher knife out of a paper bag, and acted like he was going to attack a young bank clerk with it.

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LeGrand said he warned Hammer to stop and back off, before tackling Hammer in the bank lobby. 

Two other bank customers helped subdue Hammer until police arrived. 

“I stepped in there, and told him 'don’t hurt her,'” LeGrand recounted from his sales associate job at Super Sports and Imports car and motorcycle lot Monday afternoon. “I said don’t ruin your life, and you’re getting ready to make a big mistake.” 

The clerk was unharmed in the attack. 

Police arrested Hammer on complaints including assault and battery.