79-yr.-old allegedly tried to rob bank
September 7, 2006
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Staff Reporter
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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