Security guards at a Tampa strip club took down a man early Sunday morning wearing a red and black devil mask and carrying a loaded handgun and carrying spare magazines before he could enter the club.
Surveillance video shows the man, identified as 44-year-old Michael Rudman, stroll purposefully toward the front door of Mons Venus at about 1:15 a.m. A security guard grabs for his gun, and the two struggle momentarily before two more men join the fray.
Tampa Police said Rudman was also carrying a flashlight and had the words “KILL” and “DARKK ONE” written on his arms. One of the security guards involved suffered a minor injury during the melee, and Rudman’s gun went off with a bullet striking the club’s front door.
“I almost went unconscious, but I kept myself. I wasn’t going to let this happen. I wasn’t going to let him win. He was not going to hurt nobody,” Manuel Resto, one of the three security guards, told WKMG.
Court documents say Rudman’s Glock was loaded with a magazine with seven rounds, and he was carrying two more magazines with 17 rounds each. Investigators found nine knives and firearm accessories in Rudman’s pickup truck, which he left running in the parking lot about 30 feet from the main entrance to the club.
As he approached the door, he carried the Glock in his right hand.
The court record says that the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office issued a year-long protection order against Rudman on October 19, 2022, which barred him from possessing firearms or ammunition.
He was charged after the incident with possessing a firearm while under a risk protection order, aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and battery.
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