Police said an attempt to deceive an elderly man out of thousands of dollars and a fight at a near west side bank Thursday were related incidents.
The Madison Police Department said officers responded to the BMO Harris Bank at 401 N. Segoe Road at 4:05 p.m. for a disturbance in the parking lot and a suspicious request of money inside the bank.
Police said an 87-year-old Madison man was at the bank to withdraw $5,000.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the elderly man told police the money was to give to a woman in the parking lot, 22-year-old Printella C. Lightfoot, of Madison, who needed help paying an electric bill.
"The officer suggested that his 'friend' might actually be trying to take advantage of his generosity," DeSpain said. "After some thought, the victim agreed he was being deceived and decided to put the money back in the bank."