A fast acting, retired police officer took down a bank robber in Sandy Friday afternoon. He talked with ABC 4 anchor Kim Fischer about his quick actions, but he refused to refer to himself as a hero.
Mychal Barber was at Trans West Credit Union just after 4 that afternoon making a deposit. Then, things got tense.
"The teller came back to the window and said Mike, some guy in a green jacket just robbed us, we just got robbed, will you go see where he went,” she asked.
That guy in the green jacket was 54 year old glen Lamar Jensen III. Police say he handed the teller a note demanding money. After he got the cash, he took off out the back door. But Barber was not far behind.
"As soon as I came around the corner I could see him kind of trucking across the parking lot," he said.
Barber had his little boy in the truck, so he stopped about a hundred yards away, grabbed his pistol, and took off after Jensen.
"I just ordered him to get on the ground and he turned around to see who it was and I guess he thought it was a good idea," Barber said.
Mychal is a large man, and he had a gun, but it was a big gamble because he didn't know if Jensen was armed too. Jensen's hand hardly left his pocket while inside the credit union. It looked like he was holding a gun. Turns out, it was just a power drill.
Jensen was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on bank robbery charges.