PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WTXF) – Police say an 86-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a bank robbery in West Philadelphia.
Emily Coakley is charged with aggravated assault, robbery, VUFA, terroristic threats and related offenses, according to police. She was released on her own recognizance
Surrounded by police and pushing a walker, an 86-year-old woman was escorted out of the TD Bank at 38th and Market Tuesday evening and placed in handcuffs in what can only be described as a bizarre bank robbery attempt.
Police say the elderly woman went into the West Philadelphia bank just after 2 p.m with her walker, pulled out a revolver and demanded $400 from the tellers behind the counter. Penn police quickly arrived and arrested her.
Sources say the woman came to the bank on Monday to make a withdrawal. When she got home she thought the bank had shorted her $400. She returned to the bank Tuesday afternoon and demanded the rest of her money. Her family showed up while she was being held at the bank and tried to console her. Bank customers weren’t so forgiving.
FBI agents examined the .38 caliber revolver. Police say the gun was not loaded but there were bullets in her bag. Agents confiscated the money and questioned bank employees. But just before 6 p.m., she was cuffed and taken away, leaving customers shaking their heads, according to Fox 29 news.