April 1st, 2009 11:59 PM
Man arrested for planning violent shootout and bank robbery in Crestview, FL
Maybe I will reconsider not carrying an extra clip...
Man accused of planning shootout with Crestview cops is arrested | police, release, proch - News - Northwest Florida Daily News
A man authorities said was plotting a bank robbery and "violent shootout" in the city of Crestview has been arrested by federal authorities.
Taurean Proch, 26, who has a history of violent run-ins with local police, was taken into custody March 20 in Omaha, Neb. by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives SWAT team, a Crestview Police Department news release said.
He was charged under federal statutes with solicitation to commit armed bank robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the release said.
The release said the decision to serve a search warrant "due to Proch's violent nature" was made after information was collected via "electronic communications" that he was putting together an arsenal to use to commit a bank robbery.
"Proch was planning to conduct surveillance of the (unidentified) bank, developed escape routes, and intended to engage responding Crestview police officers in a violent shootout," the release said.
It said the shootout Proch was planning would have been "similar to the incident that occurred in Hollywood, California in 1997."
In that incident, bank robbery suspects exchanged automatic weapons gun fire with police, leaving 10 officers and seven civilians injured. Both suspects were killed in the shootout.
The release said e-mails, instant messages, chats and blogs were among the communication intercepted to determine Proch was attempting to obtain "one or more firearms" to use in committing the crimes he was planning.
It said Proch was also attempting to obtain a bullet proof vest and "flash bangs and smoke grenades" to use in the bank robbery.
Crestview Police Chief Brian Mitchell did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on the news release.
In 2001, as a 19-year-old AWOL airman, Proch was arrested by Crestview police for breaking into two Fort Walton Beach stores and stealing three rifles.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reported he "broke out of a police cruiser while being taken to North Okaloosa Medical Center for treatment for injuries he sustained during the break-ins."
Proch was originally charged with two counts of burglary, escape, resisting arrest with violence and criminal mischief to a patrol vehicle.
He was ultimately prosecuted, Okaloosa County court records indicate, on charges of armed burglary and resisting arrest with violence.
In May of 2008, according to the Crestview police news release, Proch was the object of a five-hour manhunt. The release and court records indicate he disarmed a police officer and escaped custody.
He was charged at that time with resisting arrest with violence, domestic violence and battery on a police officer, the Crestview Police Department news release said.
Proch was being held in federal custody awaiting extradition to Florida, the news release said.
April 2nd, 2009 12:34 AM
They need to put this nut in a cell and weld the door shut.
April 2nd, 2009 02:03 AM
He will eventually be released back into society,I think he needs to be put down permanently,he has proven he's not a productive member of society
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April 2nd, 2009 02:28 AM
Well, I guess its good to know that the system works at least part of the time; but its unsettling to know that there are probably dozens others out there planning to do this, but being held up for some reason or another.
I'm also not sure how much of a Hollywood shootout he'd have managed. Police today are better armed and we have decent SWAT in most areas. Of course, in the first few minutes, it'd be a free for all for him.
April 2nd, 2009 03:03 AM
Proch is gonna keep pushing it until he gets clipped.
An armed populace are called citizens.
An unarmed populace are called subjects.
April 2nd, 2009 05:37 AM
He was caught in the planning stages of his activity......intresting. And in Nebraska?
He needs to be stopped from using our good air.
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April 2nd, 2009 11:41 AM
So which forums was he discussing this on?
The government is watching us.
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April 2nd, 2009 03:03 PM
No kidding! I don't wear a tinfoil hat, but did read an article in a boat manufacturers trade magazine (of all places) about a government official who gave a presentation about port security and he mentioned a "google report" that he reviewed every day. Seems the right combination of key words might red flag you for "further investigation" which was implied in the article...so yes they are watching. I do enjoy seeing the black helicopters fly over my house with their lights off, but I do live near a special ops military base where they practice.
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