Wearing a white visor emblazoned with the word "Princess," the elderly woman showed the Loop bank teller a toy gun tucked in a Payless Shoes bag and demanded cash.
"Give me $30,000, my friend is across the street and no red dye," she whispered, according to an FBI agent's affidavit filed in court Wednesday as 79-year-old Melvena Cooke was charged with bank robbery.
The woman left without any money and was arrested minutes later when she ducked into a nearby drugstore.
Cooke, of the 5300 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard, was released on an unsecured $4,500 bond in a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier. The crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.