Command and Control: Ben Blum's "Ranger Games"

At 5:16 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2006, four young men wearing face masks and carrying AK-47 assault rifles run from a Bank of America branch in Tacoma, Wash. The branch is less than 10 miles from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the men have just carried out a “takeover robbery,” commandeering the bank like an enemy target. Now they run toward a silver Audi driven by a 19-year-old wearing board shorts and flip-flops. The men pile in. Three of the five men are dropped at the movies; the other two head to the Army base. Less than 48 hours later, the driver is taken into custody by the FBI near his father’s home outside of Denver. His name is Alex Blum, and he is the first cousin of “Ranger Games” author Ben Blum...

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