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A would-be bank robber in Missouri discovered that nothing trumps a fake gun like a real gun. When the robber went into a bank brandishing a realistic gun replica and expecting the teller to hand him money, what he got instead was a garbage can thrown at his head, followed by two bullets from a Smith & Wesson .357, one of which pierced his jaw.
According to the affidavit that the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri filed, the showdown between toy gun and real gun began a little after 1 p.m. on March 1. Michael Oliva, wearing a black mask and carrying what look to be a handgun, went into the First Security Bank, in Trimble, Missouri. As it happened, his “handgun” was actually just a realistically painted plastic replica.
The teller at whom he pointed the fake gun, however, didn’t know that Oliva was waving a toy in her face. Instead of giving him the money he demanded, the teller dropped to the floor, and began crawling away while shouting for help. Oliva then leaned over the counter and pointed his “weapon” at her, as if he was about to shoot. None of those present in the bank knew that Oliva couldn’t follow through on this threat.