He joined the Army on June 26, 2003, and was assigned to a basic training class at Sand Hill, Fort Benning Georgia on November 4, 2003, graduating on January 27, 2004. After spending six months in the United States, Sommer was again deployed with 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, overseas, this time to Bagram, Afghanistan. Community See All. At the two-minute mark, the timekeeper shouted "Let's go!" 2nd Ranger Battalion. C Company 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion was prepared to land at H+03 minutes in sector Dog Green of Omaha Beach on the far right flank of the assaulting units, only two minutes after the first wave from LCA's via the HMS Prince Charles. A bystander noted the number, and passed it to the police. Within three days of the robbery, FBI agents arrested Alex Blum at his parents' home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. [11], The heist and subsequent criminal charges, This information is provided by the report in History Link, accessible, This information is taken from the report in History Link on this crime, accessible, This information is taken from the online report in History Link on this crime, accessible, A report from the Seattle Weekly on Sommer is available in, This National Post article is still available online, and can be accessed, United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM), B.C. Luke Elliott Sommer (born June 26, 1986, in Peachland, British Columbia) is a former United States Army Ranger and bank robber. Companies A, B & C of the 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion were attached to the 116 th Inf Battalion. On April 1, 1943, the 2nd Rangers were activated at Camp Forrest, Tennessee under the command of Major L. E. McDonald. 2,611 people follow this. Alex Blum, 19, an Army Ranger from Greenwood Village, Colo. Charged with armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery and brandishing a … Charged in robbery Charged in connection with the Aug. 7 robbery at the Bank of America branch on South Tacoma Way: . Alex Blum's (left) superior Luke Sommer (right) authorized the robbery. Sommer was at the unit for less than three weeks before he left his girlfriend and newborn son and was shipped to Baghdad, Iraq, where he remained until September 2004. During the hearing Sommer's lawyer argued successfully that Sommer was a resident of Canada (Even in light of his three-year assignment to the United States military) and that his involvement with the United States military was, "like being a professional athlete, traveling and operating abroad." Alex Blum … We host deployment operations on our private servers using; terrain, weapon, radio, vehicle, and modifications. Training for the new Ranger volunteers was intense, and many of the men were eventually returned to their original units. Two soldiers have been arrested and the third was sought on a warrant, the FBI said Thursday. Yet I doubt he knew the twisted tricks this man was playing and the power trip he was on. These accounts confirmed that United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has been interacting with him, and a portion of a recorded call was played on National Public Radio in which a SOCOM officer admits that officers of the rank of Brigadier General and above had been briefed and were concerned. In August 1876 he received a commission as second lieutenant of Leander H. McNelly's Special Force of Texas Rangers, operating in the Nueces Strip, and was then posted at Goliad to solve a recent bank robbery. 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On December 15, 2008, Sommer was sentenced to 24 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Commit Armed Bank Robbery, Armed Bank Robbery, Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence, and Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device (Hand Grenade). On August 7, 2006, four men brandishing weapons rob the Bank of America branch in South Tacoma of $54,011. On 1 April 1943 the 2nd Ranger Battalion was formed at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, along with the 5th Ranger Battalion.Both battalions were officially activated in September 1943 and shipped to Great Britain where they were prepared for Operation Overlord as part of six Ranger battalions of the Second World War.. On 6 June 1944, Dog, Easy, and Fox Companies, commanded by Lt. www.75thrangerregiment.org. [11] Nathan Dunmall was sentenced to 10 years in prison on March 20, 2009. They were having a … [4], The gang were tracked down because they failed to remove the front license plate from their getaway vehicle. On the day of the robbery, the 192 soldiers of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment were given two weeks leave. He travelled extensively with his grandmother, Denise Fichtner, who died on August 8, one day after the robbery in Tacoma. He is the oldest of six children and has one son. I was 17YO SP4. However, in December 2006, the Seattle Times reported that the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the US Army released a statement alleging that Sommer's war crimes allegations were investigated and found to be unsubstantiated. The Battalion: The Dramatic Story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion in WWII: Black, Robert W.: 9780811712736: Books - Amazon.ca U.S. attorneys arguing for Sommer's extradition claimed there was no political motive for the robbery. Sommer was released on bail in September 2006 and was then placed under house arrest. In June 2004, he was assigned to the Madslashers -- 1st Platoon, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Fort Lewis. Luke Elliott Sommer (born June 26, 1986, in Peachland, British Columbia) is a former United States Army Ranger and bank robber. His assistant collected the money from the teller stations and took $20,000 from a money cart inside the vault. Uber Pig was an Infantryman from late 1991 until early 1996, serving with Second Ranger Battalion, I Corps, and then 25th Infantry Division. We host deployment operations on our private servers using; terrain, weapon, radio, vehicle, and modifications. The gang’s leader wielded a 9-mm Glock 19 with a red laser sight, which he pointed threateningly at the employees.While one of the door guards called out the elapsed time, Luke Elliott Sommer, the gang leader, vaulted over the teller counter and barged behind th… It is however interesting to note that the calls between Sommer and SOCOM, in which the officer states the commands interest, occur after the CID statement was released. Austin Miller – from Delta Force operator to 4-star General, U.S. M-ATV vehicle runs a Russian Tigr armored utility vehicle off the road in Syria, Jeffrey Epstein posing in a Navy SEAL uniform, Albanian Elite Counter-Terrorist Unit RENEA Chooses EnGarde Body Armor. Tigra Robertson was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison on February 20, 2009. Olinger, Sommer, Palmer and Blum are assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. While two robbers with automatic rifles covered the bank’s entrances, the other two, with handguns, moved swiftly to confront the tellers. In 1986, when the Regimental Headquarters was fully formed, a new consolidated RIP was started at Fort Benning, beginning on 1 October 1986, where it has been held ever since. The 2nd Ranger Battalion is a special operations light infantry unit of the United States Army that is currently based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle, Washington, United States. The 75th Ranger Regiment has headquarters at Fort Benning, Ga., and comprised of three battalions, one of which, the 2nd Battalion, is based at Fort Lewis. After Sommer returned from Afghanistan in September 2005, he was sent to the United States Army Ranger School. The strategy behind Sommer's extradition fight asserts that if he was involved in the robbery, the robbery was a form of political protest to draw attention to the Task Force 6-26 war crimes allegations. The Army Rangers are an elite, highly trained branch of the armed forces. Twenty-two-year-old Chad Palmer was sentenced to 11 years in prison on December 16, 2008. RANGER GAMES takes the saying When they ask you to jump, you say how high to a dangerous level. Jack served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Sommer was sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison on March 8, 2010 for assaulting a co-defendant and plotting to kill a federal prosecutor.[7]. Figuring he must have been driving down the street to turn around, the four ran to the car and made their getaway. After attending Ranger School, court documents assert that Sommer began recruiting and training several members of his unit and two civilians for what was called a robbery with “military-style precision and planning.” After the robbery, Sommer was arrested and detained in the North Fraser Pretrial Centre where other prisoners such as Rakesh Saxena and Robert William Pickton were also held. Sommer was under house arrest at his home in Peachland, British Columbia, while waiting for an extradition hearing. He ordered the tellers to give him only stacks of banded $20, $50 and $100 bills and not to include any bait money, with prerecorded serial numbers, or dye packs. A bystander noted the number and passed it to the police. After almost two years under house arrest … 2.1K likes. Sommer joined the Army on June 26, 2003, and was assigned to a basic training class at Sand Hill, Fort Benning Georgia on November 4, 2003, graduating on January 27, 2004. Although the 2nd Rangers contained volunteer soldiers from many states, most of its ranks hailed from New York, Pennsylva… After Sommer returned from Afghanistan in September 2005, he was sent to the United States Army Ranger School. Our structure, ranks, billets, and atmosphere are closely related to the U.S. Army. [1], On August 7, 2006, four men brandishing weapons robbed the Bank of America branch in South Tacoma of $54,011. Luke Elliott Sommer was born on June 26, 1986, in Peachland, British Columbia, Canada. Sommer was raised as a Christian and was home schooled for a majority of his life. After returning from Iraq, Sommer conducted Ranger convalescent skill training which includes hot wiring vehicles, operating heavy machines and basic EMT courses. The gang was tracked down because they failed to remove the front license plate from their getaway vehicle. Blum confessed to driving the getaway car and named the other members of the gang, including Luke Sommer. Contact 2nd Ranger Battalion on Messenger. The journalistic part pieces together, in high definition, the brazen 2007 robbery of a South Tacoma bank by a group of Army Rangers from Fort Lewis. [2] While two robbers with automatic rifles covered the bank's entrances, the other two, with handguns, moved swiftly to confront the tellers. Charged with armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, brandishing a machine gun during a crime of violence, possession of a machine gun, three counts of possession of a hand … Create New Account. He was arrested on the weapons charge by several plainclothes officers, and was held in Kelowna City cells for several hours before being released on bail. Three Army Rangers charged in bank robbery 8/10/2006, 11:02 p.m. PT The Associated Press TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Three Fort Lewis soldiers have been charged in a south Tacoma bank robbery earlier this week. Sommer was released on bail September 17, 2006 after a short hearing. Page Transparency See More. After almost two years under house arrest in Canada, he pleaded guilty on May 27, 2008. The Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Creighton Abrams, directed the activation of two battalion sized Ranger units in the fall of 1973. He is the son of Luke and Christel Sommer (who have since divorced). Sommer is also facing several firearm related charges in the Saanich area of BC, Canada, involving the possession and concealment of a small handgun. Sommer was released on bail in September 2006 and was then placed under house arrest. Although the robbers had fled to Mexico, Hall was successful in breaking up a band of vigilantes and earned the good will of the citizens of the community. Sommer was arrested by RCMP officers in Kelowna British Columbia while attending a court ordered meeting with his bail supervisor. [10] Alex Blum was sentenced on March 6, 2009 receiving time served (16 months). 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment is a United States Army Military Simulation Unit based on the game ArmA III during the present day. Alex met Luke Elliot Sommer at the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Washington. The 2nd Ranger Battalion was constituted on March 11th, 1943. Not Now. Within three days of the robbery, FBI agents arrested Alex Blum at his parents’ home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. In addition to a 72 Hour Pass, A Gift from our Battalion Commander (1/15 FA 2ID) after winning the 2nd Infantry Division Bunker Building Contest, August 1985. After returning from Iraq, Sommer conducted Ranger convalescent skill training which includes hotwiring vehicles, operating heavy machines and basic EMT courses. Sommer received significant media attention in 2006 after revealing his robbery role in an interview with Seattle Weekly. At the time, the Army discriminated against enlisted soldiers who wanted use the "Green to Gold" program to become officers, so he left to attend Stanford University. Sommer contended however that the US had an ulterior motive in promoting the organized crime element of their story, claiming that the accusations may be an attempt to elicit interest in him by the Hells Angels. At the two-minute mark, the timekeeper shouted: “Let’s go!” The gang exited the bank with $54,011 stuffed into duffel bags, ran down a side street into an alley, but the getaway car was not there. After completing OSUT (One Station Unit Training) attended and completed Airborne School on Fort Benning prior to attending the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) in the green fence at Ranger Training Detachment. After the robbery, Sommer was arrested and detained in the North Fraser Pretrial Centre where other prisoners such as Rakesh Saxena and Robert William Pickton were also held. “Ranger Games,” by former Seattleite Ben Blum, is something of a genre mashup, part journalism and part family memoir. To become a Ranger, a soldier must pass a series of strenuous physical and mental tests over a period of roughly six months of training. When 2nd Ranger Battalion was formed shortly thereafter, they began hosting their own RIP. He was interviewed by a variety of television, radio and print outlets, including but not limited to National Public Radio (US), The National Post (Canada), Rolling Stone Magazine (US), the Seattle Times and the New York Times. The gang’s leader wielded a 9-mm Glock 19 with a red laser sight, which he pointed threateningly at the employees. In addition to Palmer, authorities also arrested fellow Army Rangers Alex Blum, 19, and Luke Sommer, 20, in the robbery. [5], On December 15, 2008 Sommer was sentenced to 24 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Commit Armed Bank Robbery, Armed Bank Robbery, Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence, and Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device (Hand Grenade).[6]. [3] While one of the door guards called out the elapsed time, Luke Elliott Sommer, the gang leader, vaulted over the teller counter and barged behind the bandit barrier into the cages, shouting threats and commands. This attention stemmed from his Ranger background, his assertion that the AK-47 assault rifles used in the robbery were smuggled back from Iraq, and his charge that his alleged involvement, if proven, was actually an effort to draw public attention to his allegations that Task Force 6-26, a unit he was assigned to during his time overseas, was actively involved in war crimes. The trio are members of the Army's elite Rangers unit at Fort Lewis, The Seattle Times … Sommer spent nearly seven months completing the highly prestigious military leadership school, and although he had to restart the school twice, Sommer managed to complete the school on April 7, 2006. An Army Ranger who made a shocking turn to participate in an armed bank robbery has spoken out, blaming the elite force's notoriously tough training for his descent into crime. The gang exited the bank with $54,011 stuffed into duffel bags, ran down a side street into an alley, jumped into a waiting automobile, and sped away. The gang's leader wielded a 9-mm Glock 19 with a red laser sight, which he pointed threateningly at the employees. This attention stemmed from his Ranger background, his assertion that the AK-47 assault rifles used in the robbery were smuggled back from Iraq. He eventually agreed to return to the United States and plead guilty. I wish you Guys could have been in Ronald Reagan’s Army! According to the bank surveillance camera, the robbery, executed with military precision, took place in just two minutes and 21 seconds. 2,470 people like this. See more of 2nd Ranger Battalion on Facebook. On August 7, 2006, Sommer and his crew robbed the Bank of America in Tacoma, Washington. According to the bank surveillance camera, the robbery, executed with military precision, took place in just two minutes and 21 seconds. The 2nd was formed when the battalion was reactivated in 1974 and serves to this day as a battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Do soldiers ever keep a bullet for themselves? After almost two years under house arrest in Canada, he pleaded guilty on May 27, 2008 to the August 7, 2006 robbery of a branch of the Bank of America in Tacoma, Washington. Aug 24, 2020 Luke Sommer is a former United States Army Ranger who became publicly known as a bank robber. After spending six months in the United States, Sommer was again deployed with 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, overseas, this time to Bagram, Afghanistan. Log In. On August 7, 2006, four men brandishing weapons robbed the Bank of America branch in South Tacoma of $54,011. On August 7, 2006, Sommer and his crew robbed the Bank of America in Tacoma, Washington. [8] He was interviewed by a variety of television, radio and print outlets, including but not limited to: National Public Radio (US), The National Post (Canada),[9] Rolling Stone Magazine (US), the Seattle Times and the New York Times. After completing RIP Sommer was sent to Fort Lewis Washington to the 1st Platoon (Madslashers), Charlie Company, 2nd battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment. He quickly realized he was driving the wrong way and after making a U-turn, spotted his friends. Both battalions were officially activated in September 1943 and shipped to Great Britain where they were prepared for Operation Overlord in World War II. After almost two years under house arrest in Canada, he pleaded guilty on May 27, 2008 to the August 7, 2006 robbery of a branch of the Bank of America in Tacoma, Washington. Luke Sommer is a former United States Army Ranger who became publicly known as a bank robber. After pouring hot sauce into his eyes to keep himself awake no longer worked, Army Pfc. An Army Ranger who made a shocking turn to participate in an armed bank robbery has spoken out, blaming the elite force’s notoriously tough training for his descent into crime. In the new book Ranger Games: A Story Of Soldiers, Family And An Inexplicable Crime, author Ben Blum delves deeply into what prompted his own cousin Alex Blum … Sommer spent nearly seven months completing the highly prestigious military leadership school, and although he had to restart the school twice, Sommer managed to complete the school on April 7, 2006. The driver had panicked and started driving, alone, back to the base. What is the U.S. military’s least well known special force team? Government Organization. The belief was that Canadian authorities would not extradite Sommer for what his defense claimed is a "political" crime. Alex, and even his father, admired Sommer. Our structure, ranks, billets, and atmosphere are closely related to the U.S. Army. TBT - HooRaah REDLEGS!C harley Battery Gun 6, AKA ‘Turtle Farm’! Check out our 2nd ranger battalion selection for the very best in unique or custom, handmade pieces from our signs shops. While one of the door guards called out the elapsed time, Luke Sommer, the gang leader, vaulted over the teller counter and barged behind the bandit barrier into the cages, shouting threats and commands. A Take-Charge Robbery At 5:15 p.m. on Monday, August 7, 2006, four men, wearing soft body armor under loose clothing and balaclavas, stormed into the Bank of America branch at 5813 S … Blum confessed to driving the getaway car, and named the other members of the gang, including Luke Elliott Sommer. With the success of this argument, Chief Justice Dohm placed the Onus on the crown, who failed to prove valid reason for his incarceration pending his extradition hearing. While two robbers with automatic rifles covered the bank’s entrances, the other two, with handguns, moved swiftly to confront the tellers. 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