Imagine Bank Robbers Opting NOT To Run, But To Fight The Police


Reign of Fire...Judgement
National Geographic revisits L.A. bank shootout
Mon Jun 11, 2007 4:38AM EDT
By Irv Letofsky

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)
- It was about 10 years ago that
in the Pantheon of Crazies, Larry Phillips and Emil Matasareanu were given
instant admission and seated at the head of the table. They're the
full-body-armored "High Incident Bandits" who robbed the Bank of America
branch in North Hollywood and unloaded their AK-47s and other weapons
of mass destruction against the piddling peashooters of the LAPD.

It was not nor is not to be forgotten and, because of the brazenness of
the bandits, every retelling is an amazement, including this rendition on
the National Geographic Channel.

This is the opener in the channel's "Critical Situation" series; among others
are the 1995 Scott Grady F-16 crash in Bosnia, the Apollo 13 rescue, the
manhunt for drug czar Pablo Escobar and the legendary hostage rescue at

In addition to sharp work by re-enactors to augment the terrifying drama,
the producers used flashes of animation to show how some of these
weapons work and some of the guns jammed. There were about 1,100
rounds fired that deadly morning, a bullet every two seconds during the

With all that weaponry and the terrifying noise, you can't help but figure
that people who like that stuff and see nothing amiss with the 2nd
Amendment will love this replay.

If you want to look at the kinder, gentler side of the matter, nine officers
and two civilians were shot and wounded, but those crazy kids were the
only fatalities on that loud, busy, frightful day.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter


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Reign of Fire...Judgement
I remember seeing this live on TV as it was happening. It felt like I was watching a movie.
Dude, it was like an action movie. Dem man dem came STRAPPED to the teeth. Dey were bussing shots THROUGH the police cars. Imagine just 2 man alone fend off an ENTIRE city's police department for hours and they not even taking cover.

That series looks SICK. Next week is about some soldier who found himself behind enemy lines.

I can't wait.

I Tivoed yesterday's episode so I may watch it again Friday night or Saturday afternoon.

The robbers were watching the movie 'Heat' before they did the robbery. That gave investigators GREAT insight as to why they did what they did.