HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - Bills running back Marshawn Lynch makes millions dodgingdefenders on the football field. So why is he accused of taking $20from a woman in a Hamburg restaurant?
The accusation is bizarre, but it is remarkably similar to anaccusation made against Marshawn Lynch four months ago.
Hamburg Police now say Molly Crawford will not press chargesagainst Lynch even though her husband, a Buffalo Police Sargeant,says Marshawn Lynch stole $20 from her at TGI Friday's at McKinleyMall on December 7th. That night, Crawford and her girlfriend hadjust finished talking with Lynch, when she pulled out $20 to payher bill. He allegedly grabbed it, and when she asked for it back,he said "Don't you know who I am?" Her husband initially pursuedthe matter, but she has repeatedly told police she does not want topress 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 ofPolice tells News 4 the department does that a lot, not necessarilyas an admission of guilt, but to return property.
Steve Lapsley, another person Lynch took money from, said of thestory, "I totally believe it."
Lapsley says Lynch took $20 from him back in August. He says hespotted Lynch at the Galleria, and asked if he could sign a $20bill for him. He stuffed it in his pocket and did sign a businesscard, but never gave the $20 back.
Lapsley said, "We were like 'Hey, you got that $20 bill?' And hekind of looked back at me laughing about it, and they just walkedaway, and me and my brother stood there kind of dumbfounded. Ican't believe that this is happening."
Lapsley says he twittered about this back in August, but no onepaid much attention until this second accusation. News 4 calledLynch's agent, and the attorney representing the Crawfords, butneither one returned our calls.
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