A 70-year-old Kansas man reportedly admitted to a September 2016 armed bank robbery incident and now faces up to 20 years in prison, all so he could get away from his wife. According to the Kansas City Star, Lawrence John Ripple allegedly admitted to going to the Bank of Labor in Kansas City because he was tired of living with his wife after having an argument with her. Ripple stole nearly $3,000 from the bank, but instead of making his getaway, his real intent was to escape from his spouse… and so he reportedly just sat down in the bank lobby and waited to be arrested. A security guard reportedly approached him, at which time he identified himself as the guy they were looking for. On Jan. 23, in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, he pleaded guilty to federal bank robbery. According to the Kansas City Star:
The robbery was captured on bank surveillance video that showed Ripple hand a note to a teller. The note read, “I have a gun, give me money,” according to court documents.
The teller handed over $2,924, but instead of fleeing, Ripple sat down in the bank lobby.
When a bank security guard approached him, Ripple told the guard that he was the person the guard was looking for, according to the documents. The guard took Ripple into custody and recovered the money that had just been taken.
Hit the jump for a news video on the incident. Though not on camera, the wife apparently told the reporter they had been married 33 years.
Man Commits Armed Robbery Because He’d ‘Rather Be In Jail’ Than With His Wife [via EliteDaily] and Guilty plea for 70-year-old KCK bank robber who chose prison over living with wife [via The Kansas City Star]