Thursday, September 07, 2006

79 year old woman attempts to bank robbery with toy gun

79-yr.-old allegedly tried to rob bank

September 7, 2006


A 79-year-old Hyde Park woman -- possibly the oldest female charged with attempted bank robbery in Chicago history -- was released to her daughter's custody on a $4,500 bond Wednesday.

Melvena Cooke, who the FBI said wore a white visor that read "princess" and black sunglasses when she tried to hold up a Loop bank with a toy gun, put on face powder and lipstick before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier explained the charge and conditions of her bond.

'Give me $30,000 . . . no dye'

"Can you hear me all right?" Schenkier asked the trim, dark-haired senior citizen dressed in a black tunic, white slacks and gym shoes.

"I hear you fine," Cooke replied.

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