Michigan man Brian Randolph, 23, claims he robbed a bank in order to pay for his young daughter’s chemotherapy treatment.
“You want to do everything you can to protect your daughter,” Lt. Chris Sovik of the South Lyon Police Department said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “But there are lots of fathers whose daughters have cancer as well, and you don’t see them out there robbing banks all the time.”
Randolph reportedly robbed the Vibe Credit Union on Aug. 12 in South Lyon, Michigan. He passed a note to the teller that demanded $20,000 – the note also mentioned that Randolph was carrying a gun and that the teller should act like nothing had happened.
Randolph managed to leave with $8,100 in cash, and no weapon was ever displayed during the incident.
After receiving a tip, police managed to arrest Randolph within 12 hours of the robbery. They also found $3,100 in cash – the remaining money had been used to pay multiple months of rent, according to Randolph. Police also discovered the high-end items in his car at this time.
During an interview with police, Randolph claimed that he needed the money to pay for his 2-year-old daughter’s chemotherapy, since she doesn’t have health insurance. The little girl suffers from a form of eye cancer and requires chemotherapy every month.
Currently, Randolph is being held on $500,000 bail. He faces charges of armed robbery and bank robbery. It’s possible that he could be sentenced to life in jail.
Photo Credit: South Lyon Police via ABC News, Detroit Free Press