Surveillance video released by a First State Bank in Abilene this week shows a 60-year-old female bank employee fighting off an armed bank robber, and completely thwarting his attempts to rob the bank.
The woman, who was identified by police as Jill Beatty, is an employee of a branch of First State Bank in Abilene. According to police, she was arriving at work on Sept. 24 when the would-be robber, who has not yet been positively identified, forced her into the bank at gunpoint.
Police say that Beatty and the robber were inside the bank alone for about 15 minutes until another employee showed up for work. The surveillance footage, which was released by KTVT-TV, captured the dramatic confrontation that happened next.
Beatty can be seen in the video wrestling with the man and attempting to keep him from pointing the gun at her. Eventually, the would-be robber decides he has bit off more than he can chew and begins to back towards the door. Not content to flee, Beatty followed him and delivered a kick to the midsection. The robber retaliated, swinging the gun in an overhand motion and apparently connecting the butt of the gun with the top of Beatty's head.
According to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Beatty sustained only minor injuries as a result of the blow. The other employee sustained no injuries at all. Police say that the would-be robber escaped with absolutely nothing as a result of Beatty's actions.
Abilene police chief Stan Standridge praised Beatty for her heroic actions, saying, "She is a remarkable citizen. She showed remarkable calm. She never lost her head. She in fact negotiated with him."
The Abilene Police Department presented Beatty with a Certificate of Commendation for her actions, according to KTXS-TV.
Police say that the suspect is still at large and is suspected of being involved in at least two other bank robberies.