Soldier home on leave thwarts Fla. bank robbery - Florida - MiamiHerald.com Soldier home on leave thwarts Fla. bank robbery SARASOTA, Fla. -- An Army staff sergeant home on leave in southwest Florida chased down a suspected bank robber and held him until authorities arrived. Officials say Eddie Peoples was at a Bank of America branch in Sarasota with his two young sons Tuesday when a man walked in with a handgun and demanded cash from the tellers. Peoples told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune he sprang into action after the man threatened his sons. Peoples says he left his sons inside while he ran to his rented van and blocked the suspect's car in the parking lot. The suspect got out and pointed his gun at Peoples, who twisted the man's arm, stripped away the gun and slammed him to the ground. Sarasota Sheriff's deputies arrested 34-year-old Matthew Rogers. The gun turned out to be a toy.