94 year old witness to bank robbery tells her story

By KBJR News 1

June 2, 2014 Updated Jun 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM CST

Stone Lake, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- Bank robberies commonly occur on Friday afternoons between 3-6 p.m, according to a 2011 FBI FBI report on bank crime statistics.

Betty Ulrich was one witness to a bank robbery on just such an afternoon.

Almost a month ago, two men wearing masks walked into the Shell Lake State Bank in the small town of Stone Lake on Friday May, 2 and held tellers and customers at gun point.

This is just one of the many bank robberies that still remain unsolved across the Northland.

"I heard a screech from down at the end of the row of teller's windows and then it was followed by 'Oh My God' really loud," said Ulrich.

"They both said, 'it's alright, it's alright, don't worry, we are not going to hurt you,' and it was like they were almost apologizing. I was just sitting there kind of dazed."

One of the masked men pointed his gun at another person who was in the bank and told him to get down on the ground. Ulrich was already anticipating what would come next.

"Before he could really say anything, I said, 'I'm 94 and I don't do very well getting down on the floor, I'm just going to sit here."

Betty's reaction in the face of a potentially dangerous situation seems natural to those who know her.

"Anybody who knows Betty, isn't surprised that Betty would not get down on the floor," said April Kjelstad, a close friend of Ulrich's. "I mean, she really is 94 and she could get down on the floor, she would have a difficult time getting up, but the point is, Betty is Betty."

Ulrich says many people have asked her if she was scared during the armed robbery and her answer is simple.

"I wasn't really taken up with fright about that I might lose my life you know I'm old and I've had a good life."

The Sawyer County Sheriff's Department says the case is in the hands of the FBI, which is working on information as it comes in.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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