Police: Woman Climbs Over Counter & Attacks Employees At Rogers Bank

ROGERS (KFSM) — An Oklahoma woman is in custody Thursday (April 26) after attacking employees at a Rogers bank, according to Keith Foster with Rogers police.

Foster said Melodie Lyday, 38, of Tulsa, Okla., climbed over the counter and began attacking employees at Regions Bank on Walnut Street.

Lyday entered the bank at about 11:54 a.m. to cash a check, according to Foster. After cashing the check, she got behind the counter and tried to grab money out of the bank drawer.

According to the affidavit, a bank teller asked her if she could help her and Lyday said she was “robbing Peter to pay Paul.” The teller told police she told Lyday she couldn’t give the fee back, but could reverse the transaction and give Lyday the check back. Lyday told the teller to “just open the drawer and give me $100. I need it.”

Lyday began to try and go around the counter. According to the affidavit, she was pulling on the cash drawers and attempting to pull keys off of tellers lanyards.

According to Foster, employees were able to get Lyday away from the register and call the police.

When police arrived, Lyday became combative and resisted arrest. Foster said officers deployed a taser and she was detained.

She was taken to Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas for evaluation and then to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. She is facing charges of felony robbery and misdemeanor theft of property.

Lyday was being held Monday (April 30) at the Benton County Jail on a $25,000 bond. She has a hearing set for June 4 in Benton County Circuit Court.