SUMMERLIN, Nev., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A retired U.S. Marine who subdued a would-be bank robber in Summerlin, Nev., with a choke hold says his training just "kicked in."
Gary Mattson, 59, said after he allegedly heard a man tell a female bank teller "I have a gun, I will shoot you" on Wednesday, he put the squeeze on the man until the suspect lost consciousness, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
"I guess my Marine training, the fight or flight instinct, kicked in. I had to do something. After all, he threatened a woman," Mattson said of the incident at WaMu/Chase Bank branch.
Mattson said it turned out the suspect, who was not identified, did not actually have a gun, only a balpeen hammer.
Las Vegas FBI Special Agent Joseph Dickey told the Sun the suspect was expected charged Thursday in federal court.