Merrill Lake never heard the bank manager call for help. He read her lips. "She was saying, 'Stop him. Stop him,' " Lake said.
A 22-year-old from rural Alaska, Lake recently finished serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He had been walking near the Egan Convention Center on Wednesday, his headphones blaring "A-Team" by Ed Sheeran, when he first noticed the woman banging hysterically on the window of the Key Bank branch at 601 W. Fifth Ave.
He spotted a man with a bag walking quickly toward F Street. Lake said he knew something was wrong. What he didn't know was that the man, 61-year-old Alan Bronson Rice, had just robbed the bank with a hammer, stealing more than $1,000, according to charges filed Thursday in federal court.
Go here to read the rest of the story. Good young man - we need more like him.