SAN JOSE, CA – A man best known for his photography put down his camera to thwart a bank robbery!
Kim Komenich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who has captured images of violence, happiness and everything in between. Komenich can now add hero and stopping a bank robbery to his resume.
The award-winning photographer who currently teaches new media at San Jose State University was in the right place at the right time. On Monday, during an ordinary trip to a Wells Fargo Bank, Komenich noticed a bank teller being robbed and the suspect reaching for his pocket. The photographer quickly approached the suspect and held him in a bear hug until police arrived.
“Between classes, I go out there and do what I can do to make the world a little better for people,” Komenich joked.
The suspect has been identified as Anthony Fernandez. According to Komenich, everything seemed fine until Fernandez raised his voice to the teller and handed over a note.
“My main reason for doing it was that it seemed like the guy was down on his luck. I just didn’t want things to escalate. It was sort of a half-baked attempt at a bank robbery,” Komenich said.