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Fed up with wife, man robs bank to ‘stay in jail’

Lawrence John Ripple, 70, allegedly walked into the Bank of Labor in Kansas City on Sept. 2 and handed a teller a note reading, “I have a gun, give me money.”

Court documents state Ripple took the money and sat down in the lobby of the bank until he was approached by a security guard, reported the UPI.

“I’m the guy you’re looking for,” he allegedly told the guard.

Police responded quickly to the bank, which is on the same block as the city’s police headquarters, and Ripple was arrested.

Lawrence John Ripple with his wife. Picture via The Telegraph
Lawrence John Ripple with his wife. Picture via The Telegraph

Ripple allegedly told investigators he has been arguing with his wife and “no longer wanted to be in that situation,” court documents state.

The FBI affidavit in support of a robbery charge against Ripple states the suspect “wrote out his demand note in front of his wife … and told her he’d rather be in jail than at home.”

Ripple’s wife said he had become angry when she reminded him that the clothes dryer needed to be repaired.

However, the man was released on bond last week, but it’s not clear whether he returned home.

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