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19 Facts About The North Hollywood Shootout, One Of The Most Notorious Modern Bank Robberies

On February 28, 1997, Larry Eugene Phillips Jr. and Emil Mătăsăreanu walked into a bank in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles and started the clock on 44 of the most violent minutes to ever occur in Southern California. What was meant to be a simple North Hollywood bank robbery became the catalyst for the militarization of American police forces and forever changed the face of daytime television. The facts about the 1997 North Hollywood shootout are all nearly unbelievable, from the number of rounds fired during the siege to the kind of weapons the assailants used. Phillips and Mătăsăreanu didn’t know it, but they would change the face of America forever with the final 44 minutes of their lives.

You may have read about bank robberies in the past, but few crimes compare to this one. Rather than asking a bank teller to put the money in a bag, the two men who destroyed a quiet town went on an all-out assault of the LAPD and did an untold amount of property damage before ending their lives in one of the most violent police altercations to ever occur on US soil. If you’ve heard about this insane moment in crime history but don’t know all the information, keep reading to get all of the armored North Hollywood shootout facts.