Man ‘robbed bank because he would rather be in jail than at home with nagging wife’


A man accused of robbing a bank told police he did it because he would rather go to prison than live with his wife, court documents show.

Lawrence Ripple is alleged to have gone to his local bank and then handed the cashier a note demanding cash.

It is claimed the 70-year-old robbed the Bank of Labor in Kansas City, Kansas, last Friday.

The note he allegedly gave to the cashier read: “I have a gun, give me money”.

Police reports claim the cashier handed over $3,000 (£2,250) but instead of fleeing the scene, Ripple is alleged to have wandered up to seats in the bank and sat down.

When a bank security guard approached him, Ripple told the guard, I’m the guy you’re looking for.

The guard took the money from Ripple and held him until police arrived.

Local paper the Kansas Star said when he was questioned later by investigators, Ripple told him that he and his wife had argued and he no longer wanted to be in that situation, according to the documents.

Ripple wrote out his demand note in front of his wife … and told her he’d rather be in jail than at home, an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit filed in support of the robbery charge.

The money was returned to the bank. The cause of Ripple’s fight with his wife was not detailed in the court documents and no lawyer was listed for him

News Source MirrorNews

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