Couple Forces 81-Year-Old Lakeview Woman To Drive To Bank, Withdraw Money

An 81-year-old Lakeview woman was taken from a grocery store parking lot by two people who forced her to withdraw money from her banking account while they claimed to be armed with a gun, police said.

The victim was in the Aldi parking lot at 2600 North Clybourn around 12:30 p.m. Saturday when a man and a woman approached her and asked for assistance. The pair then entered the victim’s car where the man implied he was armed and forced the elderly woman to drive to her bank and withdraw money.

After driving to Bank of America, 3215 North Lincoln, the victim entered the branch alone, withdrew $5,000, and gave it to the man outside. He and the female offender then fled on foot, police said.

The victim was not injured.

Police said the male offender is Hispanic, 30- 35-years-old, about 5’4” tall, 140 pounds, with green eyes, blonde hair, and a light complexion. The woman is also Hispanic, 30- to 35-years-old, about 5’5” tall, and 140 pounds with green eyes. She wore a light brown coat.

Police were alerted to the robbery around 7 p.m. yesterday after the woman confided in her daughter who notified authorities. The elderly woman was reportedly too shaken to call police on her own.

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