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Police Report Recounts Elderly Kidnapping and Robbery Victim's Ordeal

An Oak Lawn police offers new details of last week's kidnapping and robbery of an 81-year-old woman.

New details have emerged about of an 81-year-old woman from the Jewel parking lot at 9424 S. Pulaski.

The Chicago woman waited a day before reporting the late afternoon robbery on Oct. 26 because she was scared and didn’t want to drive at night, police said.

Her abductors, described as a middle-aged black male and black female, remain at large. Believing the man to have a gun, the elderly woman drove to a nearby bank where she was forced to withdraw $9,000.

According to an Oak Lawn police report, the woman was loading groceries into her car in the Jewel parking lot around 4 p.m. While doing so, she was confronted by the couple. Both began talking to the woman about returning some found money and sharing the reward with her.

She did not wish to get involved and got into her car. The man and the woman climbed in after her uninvited. The woman told police that they began asking her where she did her banking, after discovering one of her bank statements lodged in the front seat of her car.

The man asked her how much money she had in her account after reading the statement. Police said the man was sitting in the back seat of the elderly woman’s car when he placed the brown paper bag against her head.

While she never actually saw a weapon, she told police that whatever was inside the bag felt like a gun.

The man ordered her to drive across the street to Standard Bank at 4001 W. 95th St. While pulling into the bank’s parking lot, the female accomplice got out of the car and waited outside. Police said the man was still inside the car when the elderly woman parked in the bank’s lot.

The man instructed her to go inside and withdraw $18,000 and to tell bank employees it was for a personal matter, before laying down in the back seat. According to the report, the woman did as she was told because she feared for her life and believed the man to be armed. She walked into the bank alone while the man remained behind hiding in her car.

A bank manager helped the woman fill out the necessary paperwork, then led her to a teller who issued her $9,000 in cash and another $9,000 in a cashier’s check.

Without telling anybody at the bank, the woman left and went back to her car where the man was still waiting. His accomplice also got back into the car and the woman was ordered to drive to another Standard Bank in Evergreen Park at 95th Street and Western Avenue.

Once again, the female accomplice got out of the car. The elderly woman parked in the lot and the man remained in the car.

Police said the elderly woman went into the bank where she attempted to cash the cashier’s check but was turned away.

Explaining to the couple that the cashier’s check was denied because she had made it out to herself, the couple started yelling at her, saying she should have left it blank, the report said.

They ordered her to drive back Jewel. While sitting in traffic at 95th Street and Pulaski, the female got out of the car and left in an unknown direction. The woman continued driving with the man still in car and parked in the Jewel lot.

Police said the man got of out the elderly woman’s car and ran back into Jewel. After losing sight of him, the elderly woman flagged down a Jewel employee. She believed the employee to be a security guard and told him what happened. He advised her to file a police report.

According the report, the elderly woman arrived back at Jewel around 6 p.m. It was getting dark and she felt uncomfortable driving, so she went home where she could pull herself together.

The next morning the woman walked into the Oak Lawn police station and filed a report.

She described the man as a middle-aged black of short build, wearing glasses and a suit.

The female was middle-aged with a dark complexion, police said. The elderly woman believes both were inside the Jewel when she was shopping and waited to confront her outside.

According to the report, the woman said she left the cashier’s check at home, as well as her bank statement and the withdrawal slip. The woman told police that the cash was issued to her in hundred and fifty dollar bills.

Police recovered security video of the man but the report did not indicate where the video was taken.

Anyone recognizing the photos of the man captured on video should call  Detectives Hudziak or Brice at 708-499-7822 or 708-499-7798. Information can also be left at the OLPD 24-hour desk at 708-422-8292.

 

ME November 03, 2011 at 12:16 PM
This sounds fishy. When she went into the bank BY HERSELF, why didn't she just tell the security guard about the two "robbers" and it would have ended there?!!!! This sounds very fishy. I'm not buying it that she was that dumb to go back to the people that might kill her. She cannot be left alone. Fishy, fishy, fishy! If she was so upset, why didn't the security guard notice something? What is the security guard at the bank trained to do? He is apparantly not trained to do anything, so why is he there? Also, if she had no idea how to remove this type of money, and he helped her, why didn't that raise a red flag in his mind? Why aren't people properly trained to do their jobs any more? Is this economy telling employers to get the cheapest employees they can? The whole situation is wrong. This could have all been ended at the bank when that woman walked in flustered......or was she flustered at all? Was all of this just a hoax? Was she in on it? Is she looking for attention from family and friends? This whole thing is very fishy. Another thing. Didnt' the teller think that huge withdrawal was a bit strange? Who does that anymore? There are all sorts of ways to take money out of the bank electronically. In all cases, places take checks and credit cards. VERY FISHY!!
DLC DAVE November 03, 2011 at 12:41 PM
word of the day is FISHY I am guessing eh
Connie Lemon November 03, 2011 at 01:14 PM
I have to agree with "Me". All she had to do was whisper to the teller what was going on, they would have called police and they would have caught the guy in the parking lot. Either this woman possibly has some dementia and didn't know how to think on her feet in this situation, or she made it up to explain to her family why all her money is now missing.
CAL November 03, 2011 at 01:25 PM
I totaly believe this women. My mother was conned by people like this . My first concern is why did the Standard Bank give this women $9000 cash shame on them , that branch manager should be fired . Does he not realize that seniors are victimized. NO ONE needs $9000 cash for anything. To the jewel employee ... what were you thinking ... why wouldnt you bring her in the store and call the police. This women was a victim, she was scared and did what she thought she had to . My Mother was conned the same way , when it was all over she was shocked and very embarressed to realize what she had done . Ask yourself what would your mother have done,
DLC DAVE November 03, 2011 at 01:32 PM
maybe she did a little riverboat gambling on the side eh ... the problem here is people of this age shouldnt have funds available to them ,then this wouldnt occur . I don't know the answer maybe all seniors need to be armed lol . why in Oak Lawn though its a pretty safe neighberhood .
James November 03, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Perhaps this women was fearful of future repercussions? After all, they had access to her bank statement which would have her home address as well as her wallet and house keys. I agree with everyone's comments though regarding bank personnel dropping the ball on this one.
ET November 03, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Agreed! Fishy, very very fishy.
DB November 03, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Really? This is an elderly woman afraid for her life. You cannot tell me that you wouldnt do the same in fear of your own life. If this was your mother, you wouldnt feel like the woman was "fishy"! SHAME on you people.....
CJM November 03, 2011 at 04:38 PM
I am the primary care giver for my elderly mother. I have tons of compassion for seniors, and cringe every time I hear of some scam targeting them. I was angry when I first read this story, but this update has made the needle on my BS detector start to wiggle. There were multiple times that this woman could have tipped off security or bank personnel that something was amiss. It indeed seems fishy to me. Lorraine, please keep us posted as the story ufods.
CJM November 03, 2011 at 05:03 PM
*unfolds*
Oak Lawn Gal November 04, 2011 at 02:02 AM
I wouldn't expect an 81 year old woman who had been accosted and kidnapped by 2 strangers, one of whom she thought to have a gun to act any differently than she did. Creeps like this work through fear. When she was in the bank she couldn't possibly know that the man and woman would stay outside. So she was probably afraid to alert the bank teller. I do agree that when an elderly person withdraws that much money they should put it all in a cashier's check and not let them walk out with that much cash. The Jewel employee should have called the police on the spot.
Gogigi November 05, 2011 at 01:08 PM
The banks responsibility to its account holders is TO GIVE THEM THE MONEY ON DEMAND - no questions asked - no matter if the customer is 18 or 80!! No bank can deny or question her use of her money. As for the security guard, in this stressed out society, he'd be stopping everybody who came in the bank if he thought they looked stressed. I agree that she should have stayed in the bank and alerted the manager who would have had the cops there in 2 seconds, but I think she was scared. My mother who always told me never to talk to strangers, actually OPENED HER DOOR TO ONE so he could sell her something. If the question of the day for $10 million was "will your mother open the door?". My answer woukd've been NO! I believe this woman and pray that she continue being active and not let this incident scare her into isolation.
JESSE April 06, 2013 at 06:14 AM
Ok cops should be at jewel and chucky chia pet where all the ghetto is.

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