Updated: Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010, 8:34 AM EST
Published : Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010, 6:17 PM EST
HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - Bills running back Marshawn Lynch makes millions dodging defenders on the football field. So why is he accused of taking $20 from a woman in a Hamburg restaurant?
The accusation is bizarre, but it is remarkably similar to an accusation made against Marshawn Lynch four months ago.
Hamburg Police now say Molly Crawford will not press charges against Lynch even though her husband, a Buffalo Police Sargeant, says Marshawn Lynch stole $20 from her at TGI Friday's at McKinley Mall on December 7th. That night, Crawford and her girlfriend had just finished talking with Lynch, when she pulled out $20 to pay her bill. He allegedly grabbed it, and when she asked for it back, he said "Don't you know who I am?" Her husband initially pursued the matter, but she has repeatedly told police she does not want to press charges.
Ten days later, Hamburg Police sent the Crawfords a letter with $20 in it apparently to act as a go between for Lynch. The Chief of Police tells News 4 the department does that a lot, not necessarily as an admission of guilt, but to return property.
Steve Lapsley, another person Lynch took money from, said of the story, "I totally believe it."
Lapsley says Lynch took $20 from him back in August. He says he spotted Lynch at the Galleria, and asked if he could sign a $20 bill for him. He stuffed it in his pocket and did sign a business card, but never gave the $20 back.
Lapsley said, "We were like 'Hey, you got that $20 bill?' And he kind of looked back at me laughing about it, and they just walked away, and me and my brother stood there kind of dumbfounded. I can't believe that this is happening."
Lapsley says he twittered about this back in August, but no one paid much attention until this second accusation. News 4 called Lynch's agent, and the attorney representing the Crawfords, but neither one returned our calls.