The Tampa Police Department said Tuesday that three “brave” security guards are being praised after surveillance video caught them stopping an armed man wearing a demon mask from entering a Florida strip club, potentially ” “Dozens of lives” were saved.
Police said the suspect, identified as 44-year-old Michael Rudman, was seen on Mount Venus on Sunday wearing a red and black devil mask with the words “Kill” and “Dark One” written on his arms. were Surveillance footage shows the suspect walking toward the entrance of the strip club with what police said was a fully loaded firearm in one hand and a flashlight in the other.
One of the security guards saw the firearm and snatched the weapon from the accused. The guard then raised a gun and pointed it at the suspect, but instead of retreating, he tried to retrieve the gun. Three guards then grabbed Rodman and tried to wrestle him to the ground. A security guard sustained minor injuries during the incident, police said.
A round from Rodman’s gun also hit the venue’s front door, police added, but it was unclear who fired the gun. No one was injured in the firing.
Police eventually arrived and took Ridman into custody. Police said they found two additional loaded magazines in his pockets and more ammunition, knives and firearm holsters in his truck. Interim Tampa Police Chief Lee Berkaw said in a statement that he will continue to investigate the botched incident and praised the efforts to stop Rudman.
“There is no doubt that the security guards who disarmed this suspect saved dozens of lives through their heroic actions, and I am grateful that our officers were able to take this man into custody before he could Get a chance to accomplish whatever you had planned.” Bercaw said.
Rodman was booked into the Falkenberg Road Jail and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and buying, possessing or receiving a firearm while under a risk protection order, police said. is facing
Police said a motive was being investigated and noted that Rodman had reportedly been at the location the night before.