Armed robber on run from Sussex jail caught by police officer, a trainee ambulance driver, two roofers, two security officers, a bank manager and an ice cream vendor

The Argus: PRISON BREAK: Al-Fodday Fofanah PRISON BREAK: Al-Fodday Fofanah

An armed robber on day release from a Sussex prison tried to hold up a Barclay’s bank and was apprehended by a police officer, a trainee ambulance driver, two roofers, two security officers, a bank manager and an ice cream vendor.

Al-Fodday Fofanah, 30, who was serving a sentence at Ford Open Prison near Arundel, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts of attempted armed robbery, two counts of possession of an imitation firearm and escape from custody after his attempts to rob the bank were foiled. Woolwich Crown Court was told Fofanah fled Ford on July 18 after being released for the day.

On the afternoon of July 25 he visited Barclays Bank in Borough High Street, London.

He joined the queue and waited to be served.

 


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When it was turn to be served Fofanah pulled a stocking over his face and took an assault rifle from the bag and aimed it at the cashier while demanding money.

Frightened and fearing for their lives, a number of customers in the bank ran out into the street.

The cashier dived behind the counter as Fofanah waived the weapon at the other cashiers again demanding cash. When Fofanah realised no money was forthcoming he walked out of the bank with the gun in the bag.

Commander Hanstock, from the Metropolitan Police, had just been in the bank.

He was confronted with the fleeing suspect and he tried to call for police assistance.

The Commander, along with the bank’s assistant manager Dean Smith and trainee ambulance driver Michael Duncan, followed the suspect along Borough High Street.

Meanwhile roofer John Girton was in a van.

He and his colleague Errol Gray mounted the pavement, knocking Fofanah down.

As Fofanah ran off an ice cream vendor who was parked in St Thomas Street saw Fofanah being chased by the two men.

He left his van and chased Fofanah.

A security manager at Guy’s Hospital was patrolling in the area – he blocked Fofanah’s path and he was finally detained.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Johnson said: “A number of people assisted with detaining Fofanah following the attempted armed robbery and without their help there is every possibility that he may have got away.

“I would like to thank the members of the public who demonstrated an enormous amount of bravery in confronting Fofanah especially those who showed little fear in tackling him to the ground and keeping hold of him until police arrived.

“Fofanah has now admitted that he was responsible for not only this but another attempted robbery and we hope that he will now be handed down a significant sentence.”

Fofanah will be sentenced on February 21 at Woolwich Crown Court.

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11:32am Thu 16 Jan 14

P.Dant says...

There`s a black man - stop him !
There`s a black man - stop him ! P.Dant

11:36am Thu 16 Jan 14

Crystal Ball says...

Convicted of armed robbery but in an open prison?

Surely a better headline would have been along the lines of "How many people does it take..."?
Convicted of armed robbery but in an open prison? Surely a better headline would have been along the lines of "How many people does it take..."? Crystal Ball

11:42am Thu 16 Jan 14

Goldenwight says...

Wasn't there a partridge in a pear tree involved in bringing him down as well?
Wasn't there a partridge in a pear tree involved in bringing him down as well? Goldenwight

11:44am Thu 16 Jan 14

Goldenwight says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Convicted of armed robbery but in an open prison? Surely a better headline would have been along the lines of "How many people does it take..."?
Yeah in an open prison and why not?

After all he was only an armed robber- there is no way any reasonable magistrate could come to the conclusion that he was in any way shape or form a danger to the public, now, was there?
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Convicted of armed robbery but in an open prison? Surely a better headline would have been along the lines of "How many people does it take..."?[/p][/quote]Yeah in an open prison and why not? After all he was only an armed robber- there is no way any reasonable magistrate could come to the conclusion that he was in any way shape or form a danger to the public, now, was there? Goldenwight

12:53pm Thu 16 Jan 14

tykemison says...

Hats off to the Argus! ! A great headline, well done:-) and well done to all the good samaritans involved in capturing this vile creature, faith restored!
Hats off to the Argus! ! A great headline, well done:-) and well done to all the good samaritans involved in capturing this vile creature, faith restored! tykemison

1:13pm Thu 16 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

Anna does it again. Could be another award for her.
Anna does it again. Could be another award for her. sussexram40

1:17pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Fight_Back says...

I have to say well done to the bank staff - to be confronted by an assault rifle and still not had over money is quite something !
I have to say well done to the bank staff - to be confronted by an assault rifle and still not had over money is quite something ! Fight_Back

1:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Anna Roberts says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Anna does it again. Could be another award for her.
You should know I just liked this! How sad is that :)
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Anna does it again. Could be another award for her.[/p][/quote]You should know I just liked this! How sad is that :) Anna Roberts

6:16pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Brighton1000 says...

where did he get an ak47!!!!
where did he get an ak47!!!! Brighton1000

9:43pm Thu 16 Jan 14

angrymonkey says...

top job by all the people that did not just stand back lets hope gets locked up this time.
top job by all the people that did not just stand back lets hope gets locked up this time. angrymonkey

10:51pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Levent says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Wasn't there a partridge in a pear tree involved in bringing him down as well?
No, I think you're getting confused with a Christmas carol!
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Wasn't there a partridge in a pear tree involved in bringing him down as well?[/p][/quote]No, I think you're getting confused with a Christmas carol! Levent

5:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

peterthomas says...

Seriously how does this guy end up in an open prison..and then on day release??? Mugland.
Seriously how does this guy end up in an open prison..and then on day release??? Mugland. peterthomas

5:28pm Fri 17 Jan 14

jackthekipper says...

where did he get an assault rifle ffs
where did he get an assault rifle ffs jackthekipper

7:35pm Fri 17 Jan 14

markiemark2013 says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Crystal Ball wrote:
Convicted of armed robbery but in an open prison? Surely a better headline would have been along the lines of "How many people does it take..."?
Yeah in an open prison and why not?

After all he was only an armed robber- there is no way any reasonable magistrate could come to the conclusion that he was in any way shape or form a danger to the public, now, was there?
What a ridiculous comment to make! Firstly a magistrate would not deal with a case of armed robbery as this would be heard at Crown Court. Secondly, the Courts simply send to prison. The Prison Service categorise a prisoner according to his or her risk assessment and would move the inmate accordingly. Sadly some people are idiotic beyond belief - as in this case - and will now hopefully serve a very very long time behind the bars of a cat A or cat B establishment.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Convicted of armed robbery but in an open prison? Surely a better headline would have been along the lines of "How many people does it take..."?[/p][/quote]Yeah in an open prison and why not? After all he was only an armed robber- there is no way any reasonable magistrate could come to the conclusion that he was in any way shape or form a danger to the public, now, was there?[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous comment to make! Firstly a magistrate would not deal with a case of armed robbery as this would be heard at Crown Court. Secondly, the Courts simply send to prison. The Prison Service categorise a prisoner according to his or her risk assessment and would move the inmate accordingly. Sadly some people are idiotic beyond belief - as in this case - and will now hopefully serve a very very long time behind the bars of a cat A or cat B establishment. markiemark2013

8:02pm Sat 18 Jan 14

whoee! says...

P.Dant wrote:
There`s a black man - stop him !
What a tw4t...Yes stop the blackman he's done an armed robbery you idiot.Everyone knows you get away with enough.Don't like it? GO!
[quote][p][bold]P.Dant[/bold] wrote: There`s a black man - stop him ![/p][/quote]What a tw4t...Yes stop the blackman he's done an armed robbery you idiot.Everyone knows you get away with enough.Don't like it? GO! whoee!

5:37am Sun 19 Jan 14

Nobody of Importance says...

Best headline ever!
Best headline ever! Nobody of Importance

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