A courageous safety guard doubtless thwarted a mass taking pictures when he intercepted a deranged gunman sporting a satan masks who was attempting to enter a packed Tampa strip membership early Sunday morning.
Manny Resto — a former skilled wrestler-turned-doorman — intercepted Michael Rudman, 44, as he tried to drive his manner into the Mons Venus with a 9mm pistol at about 1:15 a.m., in accordance with Fox 13 Tampa Bay.
“I noticed him elevate his hand his hand, and he had a gun,” Resto, 55, mentioned throughout a press convention afterward. “I noticed him level it in direction of the door, and I made a decision that he was not going to enter the membership and harm anyone.”
Resto, who was as soon as recognized by the ring identify of the “Puerto Rican Punisher,” sprang for the gun and sparked a full-on brawl with the masked Rudman that was captured on the membership’s safety cameras.
Resto knocked the gun away as the 2 battled, then picked it up and held Rudman at gunpoint as one other bouncer, Danny Baham, helped subdue him, the video confirmed.
“We’re all grateful for his or her heroism,” Interim Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw mentioned at a press convention during which he was flanked by Resto and Baham. “I’ve little question that had they not stepped in, many lives would have been misplaced.”
The gun went off as soon as in the course of the minute-long battle, Bercaw mentioned. However the spherical solely hit the membership’s door.
There have been about 200 folks contained in the membership in the course of the confrontation. However nobody was harm, he mentioned.
Cops discovered two extra loaded magazines in Rudman’s pocket, Bercaw mentioned. In his truck, they discovered 9 knives, two holsters and unfastened ammunition.
Rudman’s previous prison report included prices of home violence, battery, reckless driving and DUI, the chief mentioned. He additionally had an energetic danger safety order as a consequence of his psychological state.
He’s been jailed in Hillsborough County with no bond, police mentioned. He faces prices of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, battery and aggravated battery with a lethal weapon, amongst different issues, the Tampa Bay Occasions mentioned.
The safety guards suffered minor accidents from the struggle.
The chief mentioned he was instantly reminded of the 2016 mass taking pictures at Pulse, a homosexual night time membership in Orlando, that left 49 folks lifeless and 53 wounded.
“Might they’ve prevented one thing like that? I undoubtedly suppose so,” Bercaw mentioned. “And we’re grateful that they stood up. These are two nice heroes who should be acknowledged.”