We can all appreciate the historic stories of Annie Oakley but recently a case of armed robbery committed by an elderly woman has everyone in a bubble of confusion. An 86-year old woman in Philadelphia recently held up a bank with a gun.
Granted she felt she had a reason due to her feeling as though the bank failed to give her $400 dollars of the money she originally went to take out, but still this modern day Oakley is facing some hefty charges for her troubles. Thankfully the weapon wasn’t actually loaded and no one was hurt, but it does beg the question at what age should the elderly be able to do their errands alone.
Although this will make one epic story for the children of this woman’s family, it is still a bit scary. Some feel as though she should be put in prison, which presents an issue all by itself due to her age and possible health concerns. Others got a good chuckle out of the whole situation, because well, it is a grandma with a walker and a gun. How do you not laugh a little at that image?
According to Blue Lives Matter :
Philadelphia, PA – An 86-year-old woman with a walker and a firearm robbed a bank in West Philadelphia.
Police said that Emily Coakley walked into the bank using her walker, pulled out a .38 caliber revolver, and then demanded $400 from the tellers behind the counter.
The incident occurred about 2 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the TD Bank located at 38th and Market, according to WNYW.
Officers quickly responded, arrested, and handcuffed Coakley for the armed robbery.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents checked the .38 caliber revolver found in Coakley’s possession. They said that the gun was not loaded but that Coakley had bullets in a bag she was carrying.
“That’s crazy. It’s mind blowing,” one bank customer told WTXF.
“That’s pretty unusual. I never heard of a bank robber that age and armed,” neighbor John McDonald said as he walked by police outside the bank.
“I doubt this is going to be a repeat event,” McDonald said.
Sources told WTXF that Coakley came to the bank on Monday to make a withdrawal. When she got home, she thought that the bank had shorted her $400.
Coakley returned to the bank Tuesday afternoon and demanded the rest of her money, gun in hand.
Her family showed up while she was being held at the bank and tried to console her. Bank customers weren’t so forgiving.
Bank customer Will Duggan said he thought that Coakley should be charged.
“I’m concerned. I mean 86 or 26, she had a gun. Someone could have got shot even accidentally. You have to have concerns. People bring their kids here,” Duggan said.
Agents confiscated the money and questioned bank employees. Coakley was cuffed and led away on her walker, as customers looked on in disbelief.
Coakley was charged with aggravated assault, robbery, Violation of the Uniform Firearm Act (VUFA), terroristic threats, and related offenses, according to police.
She was released on her own recognizance.
Hopefully, this woman now realizes that no matter a person’s age, nor the reason, it is best to always call authorities if you feel that you have been slighted instead of trying to exact justice on your own with a weapon in a bank from behind a walker. It wasn’t reported how much time she spent in lockup, but at least she was released.
Let’s pray that her family picked her up and took her home instead of to the nearest living center. I don’t think this type of self-reliant woman would like living in any kind of confinement for long, and who knows what antics she would pull on the nurses and staff in a facility.
Moral of the story folks, when your family members hit a certain age, maybe it would behoove you to spend a bit more quality time with them. Help them with errands and such. The last thing we need is a gang of armed grannies suddenly converging and going on a crime spree across the country to fill up the empty time and boredom in their lives.
Thankfully, the officers seemed to have a good sense of humor as well.