Man Claims He Robbed Bank Because Jail Is Better Than His Wife

The 70-year-old sat in the bank lobby just waiting for the police.

07/09/2016 10:34 PM IST | Updated 07/09/2016 10:34 PM IST
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Lawrence John Ripple apparently wanted to get away from his wife.

A 70-year-old Kansas man who’s accused of robbing a bank reportedly told arresting authorities that he’d rather be in jail than living with his wife.

Lawrence John Ripple made that shocking remark following a robbery Friday at a Kansas City bank, The Kansas City Star reported.

Ripple allegedly handed a bank teller a note that demanded cash and warned that he had a gun. After collecting the money, he sat down in the bank’s lobby and waited for police to arrive. He also identified himself to a security guard as “the guy he was looking for,” The Associated Press reported.

Ripple later told investigators that he had been arguing with his wife and wrote the bank teller note in front of her. He said he would “rather be in jail than at home.”

He was arrested on two felony counts of robbery and aggravated robbery before being released Wednesday, online records show.

It’s not clear whether he returned home to his wife.

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