Boynton Beach, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — An “agitated” 77-year-old Boynton Beach man attempted to flee a robbery attempt using a walker after he held a PNC bank manager hostage by knifepoint for $130, police say.
Russell Hugh Cooper attempted the robbery as he used a walker to get around the bank in which he was told he had a “consistent lack of funds” that had caused his account to be closed, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Cooper became “increasingly agitated” by the branch manager’s explanation, walked around the manager’s desk, and pulled out a pocket knife.
Cooper demanded to be escorted by the manager to a teller so he could get the $130 he had previously requested, telling the manager that he was going to be his hostage.
But the manager informed Cooper that police were already arriving, at which point Cooper attempted to escape using his walker as he led the manager outside.
Police told WPEC-TV that they saw Cooper pushing his walker and holding a purple folding knife in his right hand as he exited the bank. The first officer on the scene said that Cooper pointed the knife toward him as he was commanded to drop the weapon.
“I’m not dropping it, I’m going to stick it in your f—— gut. I’m going to stab you if you don’t shoot me,” Cooper allegedly said, according to the Boynton Beach police affidavit.
The officer and Cooper continued the exchange until a second officer approached Cooper from behind, tased him, and took him into custody.
Cooper is being held in Palm Beach County jail on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
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