77 Year Old Accused of Robbing a Bank at Knifepoint

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Russel Cooper

Russel Cooper (photo credit: WPTV)

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WPTV) — A 77-year-old man who was upset because he could not access funds in his account at a PNC Bank was arrested after he pulled a knife on the assistant branch manager, according to a police report.

Boynton Beach police say that Russell Cooper came to the bank at 500 North Congress Ave., to ask why he could not access his money.

The bank told Cooper that his account had been closed because of a consistent lack of funds in the account, according to the police report.

Investigators say that Cooper became upset with the manager, pulled a knife on him and escorted him to the teller to get money.

The manager feared being stabbed and gave Cooper $130, police say.

According to police, Cooper told the manager that he was going to be his hostage or he would “slit his throat.”

Police say they confronted Cooper while he was escorting the manager out of the bank.

The manager was then able to escape.

Police say that Cooper was holding a knife and walking with the assistance of a walker.

Cooper, according to police, threatened to stab an officer.

Police subdued Cooper by using a Taser.

He was taken into custody and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on bank robbery charges.