If you can't beat them... handcuff all of them? That may not be how the expression goes, but it was the theory put into practice by Aurora police over the weekend during a search for suspected bank robbers.
According to ABC News, on Saturday police say they received a "reliable" tip that the suspect behind an armed robbery that had occurred earlier at a Wells Fargo bank was stopped at a red light at the intersection of E. Iliff Avenue and S. Buckley Road.
The only problem was this: the police didn't have a description of the suspect, the vehicle or anything that would help them narrow down their search. So, rather than let their man get away, the cops barricaded the area, trapped about 25 cars and pulled each and every occupant out of their car at gunpoint and ultimately handcuffed 40 adults.
Sonya Romero, one of the handcuffed drivers, told 7News about the incident, "Cops came in from every direction and just threw their car in front of my car. We didn't know if we were in the line of fire or what the hell was happening."
The operation lasted around two hours and ended when police found two loaded firearms, the evidence they were looking for, in the final car that was searched and apprehended the bank robbery suspect. And although none of the 40 people handcuffed complained, the department has received about five complaints from people not involved in the operation.
Aurora police Chief Dan Oates defended the department's unusual decision to handcuff all the adults at the scene to the Aurora Sentinel saying, "No question we inconvenienced citizens, and I feel badly about that." But says he backs up the decision to proceed with the unusual method, "I can't find fault with the decisions that were made."
But, removing 40 people from their cars at gunpoint, handcuffing and detaining them? That seems extreme. Oates went on to state that although he was sorry for detaining innocent people, he felt the ends justified the means, "The law is clear that investigative detentions are lawful for a reasonable period of time. Reasonableness is determined by the facts and circumstances at issue, and the facts and circumstances were the suspect was in one of 19 cars," CBS4 reports.
WATCH [via ABC News]: Aurora Police defend their decision to stop all drivers at intersection to snag a bank robber in video above.
SLIDESHOW: Weird crimes from around the nation
Houaka Yang, 20, of Wisconsin, accidentally videotaped his confession and identified himself on tape with a camcorder he stole. Once the video camera was recovered, the victim uploaded <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wmY_gFcBsvw" target="_hplink">Yang's clip to YouTube.</a>
Luerissie Ashley Ross -- who is also a stripped called Pocahontas -- was arrested in February after she allegedly lured a man to his death and shot another in two robberies in Houston. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/15/stripper-pocahontas-shootings-luerissie-ross_n_1517518.html?ref=crime" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Clyde Hobbs was arrested in May, 2012 for allegedly calling 911 at least 17 times -- to talk dirty to operators. He'd been arrested several times in the past for the same crime. When cops arrived to collar him, Hobbs asked, "Are you here to arrest me again?" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/clyde-hobbs-called-911-to-talk-sex_n_1502536.html?1336569858" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Patricia Krentcil was charged with child endangerment for allegedly allowing her 5-year-old to use a tanning booth, but the New Jersey mom says the child got a sunburn from playing outside. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/patricia-krentcil-tanning-tanorexic_n_1473813.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Eugene Carl Kotelman
Largo (Fla.) Police pulled over Kotelman allegedly for speeding and driving drunk on May 3. Cops checked the trunk and say they found a small monkey tucked inside. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/04/a-man-and-his-monkey-pull_0_n_1477674.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Latham, 22, allegedly got naked, stole a man's truck and then ran it into the front of a home at 50 mph. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/30/aaron-latham-nude-man-steals-truck-crashes-through-house-delaware_n_1464836.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Sheriff's deputies in Albuquerque, N.M. arrested Joseph Hannah for allegedly posing a police officer. He's accused of pointing a gun at a group of teenage boys and allegedly urinated on a hat belonging to one of them. Two women told police that he pulled them over and flirted with them in separate incidents. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/joseph-hannah-impersonated-cop-urinated-hat_n_1455881.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Michael Baker was arrested after posting a Facebook photo of himself stealing gas from a police car in Jenkins, Ky. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/19/michael-baker-stole-gas-cop-car-facebook-photo-kentucky_n_1437057.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Ronaldo Silva allegedly broke out of a Brazilian prison by dressing in drag in April, 2012. He was caught less than an hour by a cop who noticed that he walked funny in heels. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/prison-escape-in-drag_n_1431558.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Ray Woods allegedly tied 89 bags of heroin and cocaine to his penis. When cops found him out, he reportedly urinated all over himself. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/12/89-bags-of-heroin-tied-to-penis_n_1420733.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Keith Fehr is accused of wearing a black dress and exposed himself to children at a park in Illinois. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/05/keith-fehr-little-black-dress-indecent-exposure_n_1406703.html" target="_hplink">Read more. </a>
Raymond Foley, an IT guy at an insurance company in West Des Moines, allegedly peed on four female co-workers' chairs over the course of five months. The company installed surveillance cameras in April, 2012 when the women complained, and reportedly caught Foley yellow handed. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/it-guy-peed-on-chairs_n_1399398.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Jesse James Thomas
Jesse James Thomas, arrested March 28 for public drunkenness, Thomas was wearing a sombrero when he jumped on an officer's parked patrol car screaming his name, according to an account in the <em>Sacramento Bee</em>. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/jesse-james-thomas-sombrero-jumps-on-cop-car_n_1392754.html" target="_hplink">Read more. </a>
William Bliss was arrested in March, 2012 after claiming four men made him carry a nuclear bomb -- while he was naked and drunk in the middle of an Iowa City street. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/20/forced-to-handle-nuclear-weapon_n_1366879.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Salem police say surveillance video shows Christina Lopez watched her 17-year-old daughter dance at Presley's Playhouse Cabaret, a strip club in Oregon. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/18/christina-lopez-watched-daughter-strip_n_1356975.html" target="_hplink">Read more. </a>
Accused teenage Bookie Briana Rios of Florida is accused of taking bets on NBA and NFL games. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/17/briana-rios-fla-teenager-bookie_n_1355315.html" target="_hplink">Read more. </a>
Matthew Ibarria, a fugitive from Florida wanted for allegedly attacking a relative, was arrested after jumping naked from a car in Georgia. This dashboard video from a Kingsland Police Department vehicle allegedly shows him running away. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/09/naked-man-matthew-ibarria-police-chase_n_1334638.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Jacob Lee Bovia
Jacob Lee Bovia is facing real indecent exposure charges for exposing his fake genitalia to a group of women on Maryland's Anne Arundel Community College campus. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/07/jacob-lee-bovia-arrested-exposing-fake-penis-maryland_n_1326558.html" target="_hplink">Read more. </a>
John Jardini, 26, of Pittsburgh allegedly robbed a woman for $60 -- and then asked her out on a date by cell phone. The "love" story gets worse. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/robber-called-victim-for-date_n_1324449.html?ref=weird-news&ir=Weird News" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Jason Engel, 21, of Pittsburgh, was arrested after he skipped a court hearing on charges that he stole $400 from a 2-year-old's piggy bank. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/jason-engel-steals-from-piggy-bank_n_1313144.html?ref=crime&ir=Crime" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Former Elvis impersonator Michael Conley blamed his diabetes for starting a standoff with Florida police, in which he threatened to use a weapon of mass destruction against them. He allegedly held up a vial of what he called Ricin -- a highly potent toxin -- as he barricaded himself in a motel in February, 2012. He was arrested about four hours later. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/wmd-suspect-diabetes_n_1310202.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Barker called 911 repeatedly in Hudson, Fla. asking them to fetch him a taxi and saying that he lost his football. Cops arrested him for allegedly misusing the emergency system on Feb. 20, 2012. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/23/911-caller-wants-taxi-michael-barker-florida_n_1296979.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Those who attempt to arrest Mark Loescher have their work cut out for them. When he was arrested for assault, he not only told officers that he was Elvis Presley's brother, a friend of President Bush, and director of the CIA, but he was also half-orangutan. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/21/mark-loescher-says-hes-half-orangutan_n_1290576.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
A Martin County sheriff's deputy in Florida arrested Ramon Blair, 28, based on tips from informants that Blair would have hundreds of dollars of crack cocaine "on his person." An initial search turned no results, but a more thorough search while in custody revealed that Blair had hidden the crack in, well, his crack. Blair was told to undress, squat, and cough -- and police found what appeared to be a white piece of paper in his buttocks, which contained crack cocaine. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/17/police-find-crack-in-butt_n_1285604.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Clothes be darned: Verdon Taylor was arrested in February, 2012 for allegedly stripping naked in the parking lot of a Walmart, walking inside and putting on socks, then shopping. Almost needless to say, he was eventually Tased. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/17/naked-man-steals-socks_n_1284139.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Nikolas Harbar and Stephanie Pelzner
Portland, Ore. couple Nikolas Harbar and Stephanie Pelzner were arrested on Valentine's Day, 2012 after Harbar allegedly bound his naked girlfriend and threw her in the back of a car -- in the pursuit of a sexy role-play romp. Cops, after a long search, found that Pelzner wasn't a kidnapping victim, but that both were disorderly conduct suspects. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/bound-naked-role-play_n_1278598.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Misty Lawson, 30, a self-described "professional baby maker" on her Facebook page, allegedly punched her son in the face and body several times during an in-home, state-mandated anger management course. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/punch-during-anger-management-misty-lawson_n_1272915.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Harold Wayne Hadley, Jr.
Harold Wayne Hadley, Jr. was arrested in February 2012 for allegedly threatening to blow up his Mississippi school -- but he maintains it was a fart joke. He allegedly wrote, on a piece of toilet paper, that he "passed a bomb in the library." He was held on $20,000 bail. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/10/fart-joke-leads-to-bomb-scare_n_1268713.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
He had a real sweet tooth. Cops say they found 22-year-old Andrew Toothman lying down inside Kentucky Food World IGA market on Feb. 2, completely covered in chocolate and peanut butter. He'd also allegedly written "Sorry" in NyQuil on the floor. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/naked-chocolate-peanut-butter_n_1265639.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Rogue cuddler Agustin Sanchez allegedly snuck into his ex-girlfriend's home and crawled into bed with her for a snuggle. The spooning attempt was thwarted, however, when the woman notified police. Read more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/10/cuddle-break-in-augustin-sanchez_n_1196323.html" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Timothy Randall Clark
Timothy Clark probably didn't think his plan through when he allegedly shoplifted from a Wal-Mart at the same time that police were holding their "Shop With A Cop" charity event. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/07/timothy-clark-shop-with-cop-arrest_n_1134064.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Oneal Morris is accused of posing as a doctor and filling a women's buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant. The woman wanted to work at a nightclub and searched for someone who could perform plastic surgery at a cheap price to give her a curvier body. Police say Oneal was was born a man but identifies as a woman. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/20/butt-implants-fake-doc_n_1103933.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Police in Illinois say that Olivia Ornelas blamed her DUI and crashed vehicle on her boyfriend's failure to take her, as he promised, to the new "Twilight" movie. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/21/illinois-twilight-fan-arrested_n_1105740.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Authorities in Georgia found Ranaldo Jack stuck in a woman's chimney. He was charged in connection with an attempted burglary. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/17/man-stuck-in-chimney-arrested_n_1099252.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Marsia Emanuel allegedly flagged a school bus in Winter Haven, Fla., boarded and beat the bus driver in front of her daughter, a student riding it already. Cops found Emanuel later at home where she dropped her underpants in front of them, they said. It's unclear what was her motive. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/11/marsia-emanuel-allegedly-_n_1088096.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Bug Spray Bandit
Investigators in California are trying to track down a man who robbed a bank armed with pesticide. The suspect appeared to be carrying a black semi-automatic handgun and a plastic container of pesticide when he held up the Pacific Western Bank in Rancho Santa Fe on Nov. 4, 2011. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/bank-robbery-pesticide_n_1082447.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
Police in Florida arrested Karen Henry, 45, after she allegedly threatened her 80-year-old father with a knife for not sharing his potato salad. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/31/karen-henry-arrested-potato-salad_n_1067172.html" target="_hplink">Read more.</a>
This camouflage might work well in nature, but it really stands out in the police station. Oregon investigators believe Gregory Liascos, 36, was wearing this "ghillie" camouflage when he attempted to break into the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals last week. After setting off alarms, the suspect allegedly fled into a wooded area nearby. Officers only found Liascos when a police dog bit what appeared to be a patch of grass -- which yelped in pain. On Oct. 12, 2011, authorities said Liascos failed to show up for his trial. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Sheriff's deputies in Pinal County, Ariz., say Albert Tejeda's unique tattoos -- and his lengthy rap sheet -- leave him with a face they'll never forget. After Tejeda allegedly fled during a traffic stop, deputies claim they knew exactly who they were looking for and later found the 31-year-old walking around Casa Grande with a samurai sword.
Even if Juan Aguirre got away, he would have ended up empty handed. Police said the 21-year-old Kansan stole six empty DVD boxes from a local adult entertainment shop.
'Vampire' Josephine Smith
Josephine Smith is seen in this booking photo from the Pinellas County Jail. Smith was arrested after allegedly attacking and biting a piece of skin off a homeless man in St. Petersburg after proclaiming "I am a vampire, I am going to eat you".
Edwin Tobergta, 32, is seen in this booking photo from the Butler County Sheriff's Office. Tobergta was arrested after allegedly having sex with an inflatable pool raft.
It's not easy to be the most most memorable visitor when thousands of NASCAR fans come to town, but West Virginia's Joshua Greene made a pretty good run for that honor when police caught the streaking 27-year-old with a raccoon in his car.
We're not saying there's guilt written all over his face, but Ismael Ambrosio is seen in this Aug. 9 booking photo from the Pinellas County (Fla.) Jail with a facial tattoo that could not have pleased police officers.
Dumb Crime: Masterminds Need Not Apply
The hand of justice makes an appearance in this mug shot. Nichlous Peternik -- and the arm of a law enforcement official in Redding, Calif. -- are featured prominently in this memorable booking photo taken after Peternik was arrested on suspicion of burglary. Officials say they were forced to reach into the frame when Peternik refused to pull his hair back from over his face.
Man Charged with DWI for Driving Motorized Cooler
An Australian man caught driving a motorized cooler box through a beachside resort town appeared in court charged with drunk driving, The Courier Mail reported Monday. Christopher Ian Petrie, 23, faces charges of driving under the influence and driving without a license after police caught him on the makeshift vehicle, which was powered by a 50cc engine.
Former Miss El Paso USA Lorena Tavera was arrested for allegedly shoplifting a $69 shirt in El Paso.
Cory Smits, 29, is seen in this booking photo from the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department. Smits was found guilty July 7 on his fifth offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Patrick Francis Brooks
This booking photo from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office in California shows Patrick Francis Brooks and his obscene tattoo after his July 11 arrest on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, forgery and violating the terms of his parole for a previous conviction.
Mark Anthony Richardson Jr.
Mark Anthony Richardson Jr. wore diapers and faked being autistic to get women to babysit him. He was sentenced to three years in prison in July 2011 for groping an 18-year-old daughter of one of the conned nannies.
Levon T. Sarkisyan, allegedly broke into a Connecticut home and smashed statues and furniture, because he claimed God told him to do it, according to police.