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Cancer Patient With 'Nothing to Lose' Tackles Robber

A terminal cancer patient tackled a would-be bank robber and held the suspect on the ground until police arrived because she "had nothing to lose," the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

ORLANDO PARK, Fla. -- A terminal cancer patient tackled a would-be bank robber and held the suspect on the ground until police arrived because she "had nothing to lose," the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

Helen Dunsford,66, leaped into action when a woman tried to rob an Oakland Park, Fla., Bank of America branch, tackling the suspect and pinning her to the ground until authorities arrived on the scene.

Officers responding to the scene said Dunsford told them she made the decision to act because she "was dying of cancer, figured she had nothing to lose and didn't want to see her get away with it," the report said.

Dunsford, who told the paper she was instructed by the FBI not to answer questions from the media about the incident, reportedly charged the would-be robber, saying "I've got cancer. You could kill me if you want!"

The suspect was taken into custody. A man who entered the bank with the suspect told police she was mentally ill and that he had been trying to get her out of the bank.

There were no reports of injuries.

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