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Man robs bank, waits for police, in order to get away from wife


A 70-year-old Kansas man charged with robbing a Kansas City bank… because he would rather go to jail than live with his wife.

In a case where the truth is stranger than fiction, Lawrence John Ripple was charged in federal court after robbing a bank Friday afternoon.

According to The Kansas City Star, Ripple handed a teller a note that read, “I have a gun, give me money.”

Not one to be a hero, the teller complied.

Once he received the money, Ripple then took a seat in the bank lobby and waited for police to arrive.

When approached by a security guard, Ripple said, “I’m the guy you’re looking for.”

Taking the money, the guard secured Ripple until police arrived. Incidentally, the KCPD station was on the same block.

When he was questioned later by police , Ripple told them that he and his wife had argued and he “no longer wanted to be in that situation.”

“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 later wrote in an affidavit.



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