Youngstown bank teller stalls identity fraud suspect while waiting for police


Tareana ButlerYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Youngstown bank employee was able to keep a suspect talking while police were on their way.

According to a Youngstown Police Report, officers were called by staff members at the PNC bank on Meridian Road.

Police say the alleged victim went into the bank Friday afternoon to change her bank account information since she believed that someone had stolen her account details and was actively using her identity.

While the victim was speaking with a bank employee, a teller reportedly walked over and told her that a woman was at the front desk at that moment, attempting to cash a check for $400.

A report says the victim asked the teller to keep the suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Tareana Butler, there until police came.

The bank employee later told police that she asked Butler what kind of check she was trying to cash.

A report alleges that Butler told the cashier that it was her payroll check from a business in Boardman. However, the teller told police she noticed the check was from Masury.

The teller told police that she was able to stall Butler for about 12 minutes while waiting for police to get there, but then she allegedly walked outside.

Officers say they arrived at the bank just in time to see Butler walk out of the bank, followed by the victim.

A report claims that Butler began running down the street, at which point the victim began chasing her, yelling to officer "that's the girl, that's the girl".

Police say Butler jumped into a nearby car and tried pulling away, however the victim had reportedly caught up to them and taken the keys from the ignition.

Officers say that Butler got out of the car and tried to run away but was stopped by police.

Butler was arrested and taken to the Mahoning County Jail where she was booked on charges of identity fraud.

A police report indicates Butler is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, however, online court records have not yet been updated.

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