Off-Duty Officer Thwarts Stoughton Robbery Attempt

By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV

STOUGHTON (CBS) – A would-be bank robber from East Bridgewater may be the unluckiest bank robber alive.

Stoughton police say James Lydon walked into the Stoughton Cooperative Bank on Rt. 27 yesterday and handed the teller a note demanding money.

But, just as Lydon was leaving, Stoughton Police Detective Erik Feist was coming in to do some banking before his shift.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

“He looked like a normal guy leaving the bank, so I held the door open for him,” says Det. Feist, ” but as I was crossing the threshold of the door, an employee was pointing at the guy, and yelling that he just robbed the bank.”

Raw surveillance video of Stoughton robbery attempt

In a split second, Feist went from being bank customer to cop. “I had my weapon with me, since I was on the way to work, so I chased him out to the parking lot, and identified myself, pulled my weapon, and ordered him to the ground.”

It was all in a day’s work for Feist.  His boss though, was very impressed.

“Not everyone can process that information so quickly,” said Chief Paul Shastany. “He held the door for the robber, to boot.”

Of course, seconds after holding the door for what he thought was just a customer, Det. Feist had Lydon on the ground handcuffed.

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  • Clarkey

    Thats my boy who robbed the bank, too bad cause he’s a good kid with a very bad problem.

    • masswhole

      I hope he beats his addiction, and I am very happy he got got. It may save his life.

      • masswhole

        ***got caught***

  • mingolou

    That’s one brave police officer.

  • Cynic

    Because the Police often do what they are supposed to do doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t hold their feet to the Fire when they do the things they shouldn’t.

  • Cynic

    It isn’t like this kid is John Dillenger,or Clyde Brrow. He appears to be more of a Pathetic Junkie.
    If he does his time in Prison and comes out to live a normal life that is a plus.
    If he comes out still addicted then that is just one more life lost to drugs.

  • Cynic

    Cynic, you spend alot of time on here…do you have a life?

    • Cynic

      Yeh…This is ONE of the things I do
      .Whats a few minutes out of a day?
      Of course things would go smother if you wern’t subjected to those that have a different take on things.

  • MrRocketScientist

    You want this problem to stop. Every bank should have a hired security guard with a gun on staff at the front door. You’ll never here about another bank robbery ever again. Duh, it’s really a no brainer. What’s wrong with today’s society not to figure this one out?

  • JoeyGarbageMan

    And really. Why is it so impressive to be a rocket scientist? You throw a whole lot of explosives at the back of a cylinder and light the fuse. Duh, now that’s really a no brainer.

  • Rick

    Great job !

  • My Homepage

    noutati interesante si utile postate pe blogul dumneavoastra. dar ca si o paranteza , ce parere aveti de inchiriere vile vacanta ?. 39745

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