By GARY POPP
A Henryville man was arrested Saturday after entering the home of a 97-year-old woman and walking out with a check for $1,000.
Bryan Glenn O’Bannon, 34, of 420 Mount Zion Road, has been preliminarily charged with class D felony residential entry and class A misdemeanor intimidation.
Jeffersonville Police Department officers were dispatched to the woman’s home in the 100 block of Cherokee Drive about noon on a suspicious-person report. According to the police report, a 911 dispatch operator alerted police that a complaint had been made that a person — later identified as O’Bannon — had entered an the woman’s residence and was given a personal check for $1,000 so he would leave the home. Police were notified that O’Bannon was at Fifth Third Bank about the time the complaint was made.
While some officers responded to the bank, another officer went to the woman’s home.
The woman told the officer she had been in her home about 11:15 a.m., when a man with whom she was not familiar entered the residence without first knocking or being given permission.
“She stated that the male approached her and asked her for a hug, and she stated to him that she wanted to know who she was hugging, and he stated that he was ‘Bryan,’” according to the report.
The woman told police that O’Bannon was one of her friend’s son, but she had not seen him in at least 10 years, and that “she did not recognize him at all.”
The woman, who uses a walker, also reported to police that “[O’Bannon] immediately started going through her house and she heard doors and cabinets banging closed.” She reported that he had gone into the bathroom and shut the door, during which time she could hear cabinets banging closed.
According to her statements, the man then came into the kitchen and helped himself to glass of orange juice.
She said O’Bannon was in her home for 30 to 45 minutes, and that he had showed her a check written out to him for $5,000, but told her that he couldn’t cash it.
“[The woman] stated that, in an effort to get [O’Bannon] to leave, she offered to give him $1,000,” according to the report.
She told police that she had given O’Bannon her checkbook and told him to write out the check, and she signed it before he left the home.
Shortly after O’Bannon had left, the woman received a call from a Fifth Third Bank teller who asked if she had written the check, and the woman told the teller she had, but only to get the man to leave her home. The woman was told by the teller that she would not cash the check for O’Bannon.
A neighbor of the woman had come to her home, and after hearing of the bizarre occurrence, the neighbor called police.
The elderly woman told police that the incident had scared her, but she didn’t call police when O’Bannon was in her home because she didn’t want his mother upset with her.
“[The woman] stated that [O’Bannon] did not threaten her nor did he ask for money, but that she was scared and wanted him to leave,” according to the report.