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Pulitzer-prize winning photographer foils bank robbery

April 15, 2010

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In this combination photo of surveillance footage taken Monday and provided by San Jose Police Department, former San Francisco Chronicle photographer Kim Komenich, right, apprehends bank robbery suspect Victor Anthony Fernandes at a Wells Fargo branch in San Jose, Calif. San Jose police say the 53-year-old Komenich grabbed the man and held him until officers arrived.

In this combination photo of surveillance footage taken Monday and provided by San Jose Police Department, former San Francisco Chronicle photographer Kim Komenich, right, apprehends bank robbery suspect Victor Anthony Fernandes at a Wells Fargo branch in San Jose, Calif. San Jose police say the 53-year-old Komenich grabbed the man and held him until officers arrived.

— A former globe-trotting photographer from California who won a Pulitzer Prize has added a new adventure to his resume: crime fighter.

Kim Komenich, who now teaches at San Jose State University, was at a Wells Fargo bank in San Jose on Monday when he saw a teller being robbed.

San Jose police say the 53-year-old — who is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 260 pounds — grabbed the man in a bear hug and held him for five minutes until officers arrived.

Komenich was a photographer for the San Francisco Examiner when he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 covering the revolution that toppled Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.

He later worked for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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