When Michael Armus Sr. went to the Bank of the West in Woodland, California, to deposit a check, he didn't anticipate becoming a hero. He found himself in the midst of a bank robbery when Eduardo Placensia, an acquaintance from his past, passed a note to a teller, claiming to have explosives and demanding money.
Armus was wearing one of his favorite t-shirts; Love God Love People Impact Lives Shirts recognized Eduardo and decided to intervene.
Sensing despair in his voice, Armus questioned him "So, I just approached him, and I asked him, I said, 'What's wrong?... You don't have a job?'" said Armus. "He said, 'There's nothing in this town for me. Nothing in this town for me. I just want to go to prison.'" . The 69-year-old comforted his former neighbor, coaxing him outside of the bank for a heart-to-heart conversation that ended in a compassionate hug. Armus’ kindness brought Placensia to tears.
Shortly afterwards, police arrived to arrest the unarmed Placensia for attempted robbery. Police later praised Armus, referring to him as a "Good Samaritan who delivered the right message that made a difference." Reflecting on the incident, Armus believes God had placed him in the bank that day.