Revealed: hero security guard single-handedly took on smash-and-grab gang armed with sword at central London …
A hero security guard who tried to tackle a gang of armed smash and grab raiders at a West End store told today how they rushed at him with a sword. The security guard confronted the gang of six moped robbers as they launched a terrifying raid on Mappin & Webb jewellers in Regent Street using hammers to break display cabinets before snatching handfuls of high value watches. Three raiders rushed inside the store and raided cabinets while three accomplices waited outside on revved-up scooters during the three minute raid at 7.20pm last night.
The guard, who is pictured challenging the men as they fled, told the Standard: I saw them going in . I radioed through attack attack to all the other businesses.
The security guard said the men came at him with a sword
I tried to tackle them but one guy came at me with a sword . They broke in and I was fighting them . We were punching each other . They escaped on three bikes. He said the gang was armed with an axe and machetes and claimed that he recognised one of the robbers from a previous raid.
Forensic officers at the scene of the raid (Nigel Howard)
The guard added: He is not a kid he is about 35 or 36 . I have tackled him before on another attempted robbery . We looked each other in the eye and recognised each other.
They were waving a huge sword – I was just trying to make sure everyone was safe and scare them off.
When the smoke came they panicked . They ran and then got on three bikes.
The robbers fled on a single moped before police arrived (PA)
Police told how during the raid, at 7.20pm yesterday, members of the public confronted the gang, who were wielding bats, machetes and hammers, causing them to abandon the robbery . Passers-by even tried to pursue them through streets crowded with commuters and shoppers. One abandoned his moped at the scene and another appears to have crashed after reports that he collided with a pedestrian in Oxford Street.
A shop worker who saw one crash said: It careered along the road . They were carrying bags and I thought they were mugging people . One guy was chasing them and pulling at the bags and they came off . It was a chaotic scene . A cyclist swerved to avoid a moped and hit a wall, suffering minor injuries.
Elisa Coassin, 19, who was working nearby, said: There was a stampede of people running towards us . We were so scared . People were screaming, Something s happening, there is someone with a machete.
Six men reportedly smashed open cabinets with a hammer and machete (PA)
I saw two motorbikes waiting and I think they saw me looking so I started running away . The whole shop was full of smoke . I thought it was a terrorist attack when I saw the look on everyone s faces. Ed Kelsey, 34, who was refurbishing the HSBC bank opposite, said: We heard a lot of shouting and I came to the window and saw a couple of mopeds with passengers on the back holding baseball bats shouting and trying to keep people away . It was very organised and professional, like something out of a heist movie .
They were in and out in three minutes.
Police investigate the incident at the Mappin & Webb store on Regent Street (PA)
The gang threatened customers and security guards when they stormed into Mappin & Webb . One staff member said: They came in with helmets on and waving machetes around . We have procedures, so all staff managed to get off the shop floor . Everyone is shocked but no one was hurt. Detective Inspector Mike Nolan, of the Met s Flying Squad, said: Members of the public were running at the people waiting on bikes, shouting things like, Get them.
“Some members of the public chased after them . Thankfully, no one was injured . The actions of the public and the security guards prompted them to run out .
They panicked and rode recklessly in different directions.
He appealed for people who filmed the raid on phones to contact police .
The raiders wore dark clothing and helmets .
Anyone with information should call 0208 785 8655 or Crime-stoppers on 0800 555111.
The Las Vegas gunman1 opened fire on a security guard six minutes before he rained down bullets on a crowd and killed 58 people2, officials said on Monday in a change to the timeline of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, was seen on numerous occasions in Las Vegas without any person accompanying him and he gambled the night before the shooting, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference . He killed himself after the attack.
This individual purposely hid his actions leading up to this event, and it is difficult for us to find the answers, said Lombardo, who said he was frustrated with the speed of the investigation.
Paddock sprayed an outdoor concert with bursts of gunfire from high above in a Las Vegas hotel window on 1 October, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more, before shooting himself.
In coordination with the FBI’ s3 behavioural analysis unit, a comprehensive picture is being drawn as to the suspect’s mental state and currently we do not believe there is one particular event in the suspect’s life for us to key on, Lombardo said. There is no indication anyone other than Paddock fired on the crowd, Lombardo said, adding investigators are talking to family members and the girlfriend of the gunman. Paddock shot and wounded a security guard who came to his floor at the Mandalay Bay hotel to investigate an open door down near Paddock’s suite, Lombardo said, providing new details on what occurred immediately before the mass shooting.
The security guard, Jesus Campos, was struck in the leg as the gunman, from behind his door, shot into the hallway on the 32nd floor . Paddock apparently detected Campos via surveillance cameras he set up outside his hotel suite, police have said. Paddock shot the guard at 9.59pm local time, Lombardo said, shortly before raining down bullets on the Route 91 Harvest festival in an attack that began at 10.05pm and lasted 10 minutes.
Police officers found Campos when they arrived on the floor. Paddock had a document in the room with him that contained numbers, Lombardo said, adding he could not immediately say what purpose the figures served. Las Vegas police officer David Newton told CBS News programme 60 Minutes on Sunday that he entered the room and saw a note on the shooter’s nightstand with numbers that appeared to be designed to help his aim.
It was unclear why Paddock stopped firing at the crowd, suggesting he may have initially planned to escape, Lombardo said.
He shot at jet fuel tanks at McCarran International Airport and had protective gear in the hotel suite and explosives in his parked car, Lombardo said.
CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) – Chicago is in the midst of hosting several large sporting events, and city officials say that they have done everything possible to keep participants safe. The Chicago Marathon is Sunday, the Bears host the Vikings at Soldier Field on Monday night, and the Cubs-Nationals series heads to Wrigley Field on Monday as well. “We’re used to a lot of big events here in the City of Chicago,” said Rich Guidice of the Office of Emergency Management. Security plans include a thousand officers in place for the marathon as well as what Chicago police call “saturation teams” and special operations units at both Wrigley Field and Soldier Field . The city plans to use strategically placed salt trucks instead of barricades to secure the perimeter around the ballpark. “We took a lot of lessons learned from last year’s World Series and we’re going to apply them to this series and the playoffs,” Guidice said. Many bars are also tightening security and adding additional security staff . One bar owner said that city personnel have been scrutinizing security in Wrigleyville. Sports fans are trying not to worry.
“It is what it is,” said Nate Eisenberg. “I’m going to live the life the way I want .
I’m not going to let that prevent me from doing what makes me happy.”