Police: 4 women arrested outside bank; elderly man keeps $5k | Crime
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."
Outside the bank, police said four women were fighting. Lightfoot, who initially told police her name was Ciera Williams, and 21-year-old Marshonda A. Lee, of Chicago, were in a car in the parking lot. Two Madison women, 19-year-old Mellody L. Lee and 22-year-old Lawana N. Lee, got out another vehicle and the four women began fighting.
A bank employee told police yelling between the women that had something to do with taking advantage of a senior citizen.
Employees kept the elderly man inside the bank while police sorted out the fight in the lot.
Police said Marshonda A. Lee, Mellody L. Lee, Lawana N. Lee were charged with disorderly conduct. Lightfoot was charged with obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct.
DeSpain said the elderly man told officers he didn't want anything to do with the four women and the police department would request a no-contact provision as part of bail conditions.