Customer Tackles Would-be Bank Robber in Lackawanna County

SCOTT TOWNSHIP -- Police say a man tried to rob a bank but didn't get very far when a customer took matters into his own hands.

According to police, John Ryall, a 38-year-old homeless man, walked into the Honesdale National Bank on Chapman Lake Road in Scott Township around noon Friday.

Police said the man wearing a ski mask and sweat suit raised a handgun and walked up to a teller and demanded money.

Investigators said a customer saw what was going on and slammed the would-be robber into a wall, then got the gun and money away from him and ripped off the robber's ski mask.

According to court paperwork, the suspect ran away from the bank. A Scott Township police officer chased him through a neighborhood and tackled him.

Scott Township's police chief then handcuffed and arrested the accused robber, who is now behind bars.

Police said Ryall lived in Luzerne borough in Luzerne County before he was homeless.

According to police, Ryall said he tried to rob the bank because he "needed money for his kid."

Ryall faces charges of robbery, six counts of reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault, possession of an instrument of a crime, and theft.

10 comments

  • Aggrivated

    Needed money for his kid… I call BS on that! He didn’t give a crap about any of his kids. It was all for the almighty high. He is a big waste of space. I feel bad for his kids. But they have lived their lives without anything from him their whole lives anyways.

  • Grateful citizen

    Wow, some of you people are nuts. There are great people who work there. Mothers, grandmothers, friends. Thank you, whoever you are, for protecting them.

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