Man Robs Bank To Get Away From Wife

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Lawrence John Ripple and his wifeLawrence John Ripple and his wife

A 70-year-old Kansas man took an unusual approach to get out of his unhappy marriage.

Lawrence John Ripple entered a Kansas City Bank of Labor on Sept. 2, and handed the bank teller a note saying "I have a gun, give me money," according to the Kansas City Star.

When the teller complied and handed over the cash, Ripple reportedly didn't flee the scene. Instead, he calmly sat in the lobby until a security guard approached him. With complete nonchalance, he allegedly handed the money back to the guard and told him upfront that he was "the man you're looking for."

The guard called for police, and Ripple stayed in the bank's lobby, waiting to be arrested. He was taken to the station and during questioning, admitted he intentionally wanted to get arrested  to get away from his wife.

He told authorities he "no longer wanted to be in that situation," reports the Kansas City Star.

Ripple was charged with bank robbery, reports the Daily Mail. Court records have yet to show an attorney for the man. It is possible he is intentionally not using a lawyer to ensure he lands in prison.

Although there is no comment from his wife yet, she seemed aware of the situation. An FBI agent said that after a heated argument, Ripple "wrote out his demand note in front of his wife ... and told her he’d rather be in jail than at home." 

Sources: Daily Mail, Kansas City Star / Photo credit: Lawrence John Ripple/Facebook via Daily Mail

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