On March 11, 2011, a lone female entered a bank inside a downtown mall. After approaching a bank teller, the woman produced a knife, demanded money, and threatened to take a hostage. She walked around the large service counter into an open area surrounded by numerous offices.
Upon hearing the commotion and fearing for the safety of his employees and customers, Mr. Victor Freire, the bank manager, drew the suspect’s attention toward himself. The woman fixated on him and continued to approach him as he moved backwards. Responding officers arrived to find Mr. Freire cornered by the suspected in his own office. The woman ignored verbal warnings from the officers and lunged at him. It was at that moment that officers managed to subdue the woman and remove the knife from her hand.
Mr. Freire put himself at risk to ensure the safety of employees and patrons in his bank that day. His heroic actions were certainly ‘above and beyond.’