86-Year-Old Woman Commits Armed Bank Robbery In Philly

An elderly woman, using a walker and carrying a gun, robbed a bank in west Philadelphia.

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.

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Wade Ryan
Wade Ryan

Typeo.. I meant her thinking is not quite "on"...

Wade Ryan
Wade Ryan

I expect the poor woman's thinking is it quite "on"...

Perhaps she'll get some help - either in-home, in a good dementia facility, or as Injun says, in a Federal "rest home".


Bullets in her purse....... She must have been Barney's Fife's Mom. He carried his bullet in his shirt pocket. Seriously though, she was wrong in what she did.


This may become the retirement plan for a lot of people. We had an old guy rob a bank than went outside and sat down and waited for us to arrest him. This was years ago. You rob a bank you go to federal lock up and they have pretty decent conditions and medical.


High rent and medical bills, now she will be taken care of.