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Ukrainian woman tries to rob bank in Poland, ends up beaten by 90-year-old Polish woman armed with a cane

Brittany Jordan



A 25-year-old Ukrainian woman reportedly attempted to rob a Polish bank, but her plan did not account for an 90-year-old Polish woman with a cane.

The young Ukrainian woman walked into the PKO Bank Polski in Przemyśl, southeastern Poland, on Tuesday afternoon, put a knife to one of the workers’ throats, and demanded money. She threatened to kill the employee while the worker packed money into a bag.

Police say the suspect tried to steal 12,500 zloty (€2,700 euro) in cash.

During the robbery, a 90-year-old woman suddenly approached, appearing to be unafraid of the young woman armed with a knife, and began striking the surprised robber with her orthopedic cane, which allowed bank workers to overpower the intruder.

The incident was captured on video and spread on social media.

According to police, the 25-year-old woman has a dual citizenship, Ukrainian and Russian, and previously lived in Moscow. She also has a Polish identification number, PESEL. She had medication on her that indicated she was undergoing psychiatric treatment.

The next day, the suspect was transported to the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Przemyśl, where she was charged with robbery using a dangerous object. According to the prosecutor, she confessed to committing the crime and explained that “she had no money or place to live and needed money to travel to Warsaw.”

The woman may face a penalty of at least three years in prison. Under the court ruling, she will be detained for two months at the prosecutor’s request.


Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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