DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (WAFB) - The Denham Springs Police Department is currently looking for a man accused of tricking an elderly woman with dementia into withdrawing money from her bank account to give to him.
Police say Jacob Tom went to the woman’s home while she was alone and convinced her that she owed him a large amount of money for work he’d done on her house. Police say Tom never did any work on the woman’s home. At that point, the man reportedly took the woman to the bank and had her withdraw money to give to him.
Tom is believed to have left the state of Louisiana, possibly traveling to New Jersey. Tom’s mother was apprehended in Alabama for her involvement in hiding him from law enforcement.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Denham Springs Police Department at 225-665-5106 ext. 4.
Officials with the police department later said the elderly female victim is safe. Tom reportedly left her at the bank after a teller suspected something was wrong and asked him to come inside the bank to complete the transaction. Police say a member of the woman’s family happened to be inside the bank at the time of the incident.