Emily Coakley strolled into a TD Bank with her walker, went up to a teller, pulled out a revolver and demanded $400, police say. She is 86 years old.
Coakley told University of Pennsylvania police that she believed the bank had shorted her when she withdrew money on Monday, Nov. 20, so she returned to the bank on Tuesday, to demand the cash.
The octogenarian was charged with aggravated assault, robbery, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, terroristic threats, and related offenses, Fox 29 reported, citing police sources.
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“That’s pretty unusual. I never heard of a bank robber that age and armed,” John McDonald, a passerby, told Fox 29. “I doubt this is going to be a repeat event.”
Coakley walked into the TD Bank on Walnut Street and Market Street in West Philadephia’s University City just past 2 p.m. and demanded the cash. The teller handed it to her and called the police. Officers arrived before she left the premises and arrested her.
“I’m concerned. I mean 86 or 26, she had a gun,” Will Duggan, a bank customer, told Fox 29. “Someone could have got shot even accidentally. You have to have concerns. People bring their kids here.”
Coakley’s family came to the bank while police investigated the incident and were seen consoling her.
FBI recovered the revolver from the scene. The weapon was not loaded, but Coakley had bullets in her bag. Investigators also recovered the ill-gotten $400.
Authorities led Coakley out of the bank in handcuffs just before 6 p.m.
She was later released on $100,000 unsecured bail, Patch Philadelphia reported.
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