Police Stop, Handcuff Every Adult at Intersection in Search for Bank Robber

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ABC News  [From June of this year]  Police in Aurora, Colo., searching for suspected bank robbers stopped every car at an intersection, handcuffed all the adults and searched the cars, one of which they believed was carrying the suspect.

Police said they had received what they called a “reliable” tip that the culprit in an armed robbery at a Wells Fargo bank committed earlier was stopped at the red light.

“We didn’t have a description, didn’t know race or gender or anything, so a split-second decision was made to stop all the cars at that intersection, and search for the armed robber,” Aurora police Officer Frank Fania told ABC News.

Officers barricaded the area, halting 19 cars.

“Cops came in from every direction and just threw their car in front of my car,” Sonya Romero, one of the drivers who was handcuffed, told ABC Newsaffiliate KMGH-TV in Denver.

From there, the police went from car to car, removing the passengers and handcuffing the adults.

“Most of the adults were handcuffed, then were told what was going on and were asked for permission to search the car,” Fania said. “They all granted permission, and once nothing was found in their cars, they were un-handcuffed.”

The search lasted between an hour and a half and two hours, and it wasn’t until the final car was searched that police apprehended the suspect.

“Once officers got to his car, they found evidence that he was who they were looking for,” Fania said. “When they searched the car, they found two loaded firearms.”

The actions of the police have been met with some criticism, but Fania said this was a unique situation that required an unusual response.

“It’s hard to say what normal is in a situation like this when you haven’t dealt with a situation like this,” Fania said. “The result of the whole ordeal is that it paid off. We have arrested and charged a suspect.”

The other people who had been held at the intersection were allowed to leave once the suspect was apprehended.

43 thoughts on “Police Stop, Handcuff Every Adult at Intersection in Search for Bank Robber

  1. Guilty till proven innocent?WTF do they mean whats normal?I’m supprised they just didn’t just shoot everybody till they found the guns.OVERKILL comes to mind.What bs.

  2. I don’t know if this was the same incident that happened a few months ago or if it is another one.

    ““It’s hard to say what normal is in a situation like this when you haven’t dealt with a situation like this,” Fania said. “The result of the whole ordeal is that it paid off. We have arrested and charged a suspect.”’

    How about “the ends DOES NOT justify the means” ? Ever think of that? OMG, what do they teach these policemen these days? And you say that the “result paid off”? To what extent? Scaring the innocent and invading their 4th amendment rights without a search warrant and having no probable cause or any idea of what the car or the bank robber looked like or any idea of a description of the person? I mean really. Do your homework before invading people’s lives without just cause. If I were those people, I would have asked for a search warrant and plead the 4th Amendment. That’s Bullshit. And how do they know they even got the right guy? They didn’t even know what he looked like? He could have been some guy going hunting and that’s why he had a gun in the back. Just more police state measures and they will soon find out that these tactics will blow right back in their faces when WE THE PEOPLE have had enough. I hear some people in Louisiana have taken up the cause already.

  3. So they stop and detain everyone at an intersection looking for a bank robber they can’t identify based on information from a tipster, and a couple months later they can’t stop someone from killing at a theater after they’d received information from his doctor that he was very unstable? Wake the hell up people… it’s obvious what’s more important between money and people and I’m telling ya… it ain’t people.

  4. Isn’t it amazing that it’s always a unique situation that always demands an unusual response . Like someone said earlier , guilty until proven innocent . That kind of law enforcement truly sucks .

  5. Having unusual circumstances does not give the police on any agency the right to abuse the individual rights of anyone. Each and everyone of these people that were detained and handcuffed should sue the city. There is no excuse for the trashing of your rights. When you think there is one, then you have given them all up and deserve none.

    1. Something similar happened to me, about 8 years ago. Me and two other guys were installing data cable in a Bank of America, after they had closed. The bank manager was supposed to inform the local police dept. that we would be working in there from 5pm til we were finished, around 2 am in the morning. Guess what ? She forgot ! About 10:30pm I heard a pounding on the glass front door. I see about 6 cops standing there, so I went to open the door, thinking that they probably wanted to ask us when we would be done, not knowing about the dumb ass manager’s memory lapse. Wrong ! As soon as I got the door opened, two of the pigs stuck their guns behind my ears and threw me to the ground and cuffed me. Same with my partners. And believe me, these South Carolina, Good Ole Boys weren’t very gentle ! There were boxes of cable and tools layin all over the place, plus I showed them my telecom business card, but they still insisted that we were robbing the bank. I gave them the manager’s business card with her cell # on it. The head pig just ripped it up and laughed at me. They took us to jail and booked us for armed robbery, due to our tools. When I got my one phone call, I called my boss at 4:30am, and he drove 60 miles to come bail us out. He eventually got the mess straightened out and charges were dropped. He also sued the Hell outta them, and won ! That’s just ONE of the reasons why I hate them stupid, stupid pigs.

      1. You and your co-workers should have been armed. You know, in case some criminals dressed in police uniforms tried to rob the bank in the middle of the night. When they showed you their identification you could have ripped it up and pumped them full of lead.
        By the way, what did you and your co-workers get when your boss won the lawsuit for you being slammed around by your public servants?

        1. One hell of a question , They probably got a pot to piss in and a window to throw it out . And that’s all .

        2. Yes sir Henery – that is a good question. I also got to just think about the bank employee – ya know who was supposed to call the cops – could have conveniently just said they they forgot to call the cops to notify the cops of after hour workers so they could steal money from the bank after bank hours. Just a thought I had.

        3. Believe me, Henry, I wanted to be armed. We were re-cabling all the B of A’s in North and South Carolina at night, and some of them were in some pretty nasty neighborhoods. I asked my boss if I could take my .357 on the road with me, just in case, but gave strict orders that no one could be armed. He said the police would take care of us. LOL ! They sure did ! His whole attitude toward the police changed after that night. He dropped his no-gun policy and said he didn’t care if we brought a RPG with us. LOL ! And yes, all three of us got a hefty bonus out of the settlement. Damn, I wish I had a job. I’m missin’ all the fun. Next Weds. will be the 4th anniversary of me gettin’ laid off. I never thought that something like this would ever happen to me, but I guess 25 million other people didn’t either.

          1. Hang in there Clark, if it makes you feel any better, its only going to get worse! BTW, where are you located in Washington? If you don’t won’t tpo answer that here, let Henry know, he will e-mail me.

            Your friend,


          2. Mark, I know it’s going to get worse. Sometimes I wonder if I’m just wasting my time even looking for a job, with the coming meltdown an all. I’m going to ask Henry to send you my email address, then you send me a message and we’re hooked up. Talk to ya soon, bud.

          3. Dog Gone It! When I discovered that you moved clear over to the other side of the continent, I thought that it was because you had landed a job. I’m sorry, Clark. None of us thought this would ever happen to us, much less that it would last this long. Be Strong, Friend. Wish I could join y’all for a brew. 🙂

          4. Thanks, Angel. I wish I could join somebody for a beer. Haven’t been able to afford it. I’m thirsty ! LOL !

          5. There are jobs here in western Wi. but they do not pay anything and also they expect you to have a damned coledge degree to be a broom pusher in a fast food restaurant damn near.You got our support here Clark don`t forget. Keep the faith, hold your head up and above all STAND TALL buddy. And the same to you #1 NWO Hater. The last thing we all need to start doing is to start grabbing our ankles for the powers that be!

  6. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    Let’s see. Hmmmm. I’m looking for the part that says something about “unusual circumstances.” I can’t find it. Can someone help me here?

    A couple of questions that I would have asked. “Am I being detained?” “Am I suspected of having committed a crime?” “Am I free to proceed?”

    Of course I know that wouldn’t have been the extent of the conversation. They tazer you for asking questions like that. And sometimes–oops!–the cop manages to confuse his tazer with his piece.

    But who was it that said that the tree of liberty must be nourished with the blood of both tyrants AND patriots?

    1. You are obviously living in the past, prior to the police state. You might want to read the Patriot Act and sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA. When you do you will find out that these kind hearted Chekists actually treated those people quite leniently.

  7. Ah, so THE VERY LAST PERSON THEY SEARCHED was the perp … yeah, right. Oh, and they also found two guns! How fortunate. And anybody actually believes these stupid f#@king pigs? Think of it, IF THEY HADN’T “found” somebody to play perp, JUST MAYBE, them LE goobers could have had a riot on their hands. So either they targeted some low-life-looking colored person for planting a couple of pieces, or them badge-dangling gangbangers just sent in one of their own to masquerade as a perp. How clever.

    As an institutional guarantee, COPS LIE. It’s part of the job now.


    1. It has always been part of their job to lie, and if not it seems to be a favored practice that they have accepted for decades apon decades. Cops don`t care any more than the govt. cares about our rights of the constituion DanD.

  8. heh, yeah the guy robbed a bank ditched the money but kept the guns?!?!?

    You’d expect that at the end the cops would say yep we got the robber, but they don’t say that, merely that 2 guns were found in someones car.

    So now, they can claim they had a tip about some”evil doer” in a car and just go ahead stop traffic wherever they want and search every vehicle and bust anyone who is carrying guns drugs or anarchist literature.

    Sounds like entire town lockdowns are not far behind, although they should be as far behind as the memories of the nazis, yet everything this administration does reveals that they are the new nazis.

  9. They found the suspect in the “final car they searched?” So, are they implying that after finding the suspect, they would go on searching other cars?

    Possessing two loaded firearms means you robbed a bank? And you make this assumption with what evidence?

    This case is going to be thrown out because the police did not have a warrant to search that car and find those guns. So, cops detained nineteen cars’ worth of people for an hour and a half, for their own power trip. This is just wrong. People, sue!

  10. I’m bummed, NC. I didn’t know the rest of the cast, but I liked Terry Crews. He comes out today in “Expendables 2”. Guess this is his last movie.

  11. This was not a 4th Amendment violation. Every one of the people voluntarily gave up their rights and let the police perform a search.

    Imagine if every one of those 19 people refused a search. Simply refused to give up their rights. Instead of helping to destroy our rights, they could have helped to protect them.

    But of course, we don’t do that anymore.

  12. And to show us, that they CAN!

    It’s a sad state of affairs, when “peasants” turn against other “peasants,” i.e. cops against civilians. Meanwhile, the Elite laughs over this in their private clubs, as they drink fine whiskey, “Imagine, the fools and idiots, going agaisnt their own people! Heheheheh. What do they …hehehe…think they going to get from us….hehheh.”

    But the cops will find out, that in spite of all their efforts to lick the boots of their masters. When tshtf, and the Elite run into their bunkers, they will shut the door in the faces of their slaves, and set their dogs on them. The cops will then have they’re asses to the wall, to face, US!

    1. cops against civilians? Cops are civilians. Are the cops military–no, they are civilians. So what we have here are civilians against civilians.

  13. Funny how the guy was hiding in the last car. But all they found were weapons and no money. In the meantime, they a whole bunch of people to give up their rights.

    If one person had refused to let his/her car be searched, that person would have been arrested and carted off to jail to rot for a few days or weeks or months.

    I wonder if the real robber’s picture ever appeared in the local newspaper.

  14. The search lasted between an hour and a half and two hours, and it wasn’t until the final car was searched that police apprehended the suspect.

    I like the fact that they stopped looking after they found what they were looking for. I know every time I look for something, I always find it in the last place I look. But seriously, with all the stories I keep hearing about the police these days, it’s kind of surprising they didn’t just keep on handcuffing and manhandling people just for practice after they found their suspects.

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