Very good work in my opinion, thats kind of what were learning right now in the academy...how to notice a potential threat or profiling...good work and sharp eye...
Absolutely make eye contact. Let him know you see him, and that you're aware of his presence. He'll then possibly start to question his ability and actions up to that point and wonder if you're on to him. That in itself may defuse the situation IMO.Also, it may not be a bad idea to make eye contact. A non-confrontational nod at the person can be a friendly gesture...but also can let them know that they've been noticed. I'd be curious to hear other takes on this issue though.
+10I myself would be backing away, sliding sideways or whatever it took to be behind cover and not be a factor in the actions. In short, unless something very drastic happened, I would let the Robbery take place and the criminal actor flee.
I am the General Manager for a large hotel. I have so many people in an out its hard sometimes to know who belongs and who dosent. The fist think i always do when someone gives me a weird feeling is eye contact and a verbal greeting. After 5 years of this, a persons reponce/body language will usually tell a lot.Good observations! On the 'stay or leave', I'd suggest relying on what your instincts are telling you. I've had some situations where I stay and observe, and others where I decide it's time to go.
Also, it may not be a bad idea to make eye contact. A non-confrontational nod at the person can be a friendly gesture...but also can let them know that they've been noticed. I'd be curious to hear other takes on this issue though.
+1Good observation skills.
Personally going by what you report, at the time that I would have noted the person possessing a firearm I then _immediately_ would have made the very personal choice to leave that building.
I can always get a coffee elsewhere or later.
I'd then dial 911 secondarily as from a position of safety AND I'd report to them a full description of the man, his vehicle, license plate, and direction of travel.
But first and foremost I would gain distance if not concealment from this person that has caused my brain and/or gut to throw up a red flag.
I'll second what Biker said. As the victim of 4 armed robberies when I was employed as a desk clerk, money is not worth putting the lives of innocent bystanders in jeopardy. Money is not worth shooting someone over in any circumstances. Money is replaceable.Are you willing to endanger all the people in the establishment for the sake of the money in the till?
Sounds like you "made" an undercover cop to me.I noticed the grip and the hammer of a revolver tucked into his jeans. "What?...where?..." he said. Then he bolted out of the place, got into his truck and floored it. I noticed two WSP cars pass by a few seconds later.