Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Indian Man Responsible for Standoff Near Florida Mall

I was listening to CNN yesterday, while trying to coax my 4 year old
to come to the lunch table, when I heard mention of a suspicious
looking East Indian man in an Orlando bank. My ears popped up of

Apparently, Nirvair Singh, who holds an Indian passport walked into a
Wachovia Bank at 7950 S. Orange Blossom Trail at 10.52 on Tuesday
November 27th. He sat down there after asking for tickets to India
with his luggage beside him, and refused to move. After negotiations,
a standoff, and a 3 hour traffic chaos, he surrendered later in the

The Orlando Sentinel reports -
" "He refused to leave and when he unbuttoned his shirt there was some
sort of vest underneath," said sheriff's spokesman Chief Steve Jones.
"That kind of alarmed people." As the bank emptied, a force began to
assemble that totaled more than 70 deputies, troopers and agents from
the FBI, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Federal Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Border Patrol,
Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the sheriff's Crisis
Management Team and Negotiating Team."

The whole situation is quite odd cosidering that he was also
reportedly driven to Sand Lake Hospital for treatment of dog bites
before being jailed on charges of disorderly conduct and trespass.

The Sentinel reports that --
"There's no reason to believe he has any mental issues" but he will be
evaluated at the hospital, Jones said. "The bomb squad blew up his
bags but there was nothing there except clothing."

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