Bank Robbery Suspect: Incarceration Beats Living With Wife

September 7, 2016 Updated: September 7, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—A 70-year-old man accused of robbing a bank in Kansas told investigators he would rather be imprisoned than live with his wife.

Court documents say Lawrence John Ripple gave a note to a bank teller in Kansas City on Friday, demanding cash and warning he had a gun. Ripple took the money and went to sit in the lobby where he told a guard he was the “guy he was looking for.”

Officers arrived quickly. An FBI agent wrote in the affidavit that Ripple had earlier been arguing with his wife. He told investigators he wrote the note in front of his wife, telling her he would “rather be in jail than at home.”

Ripple was charged with bank robbery Tuesday.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Ripple.

As he was questioned by investigators, Ripple said he and his wife had argued and he “no longer wanted to be in that situation,” according to the documents, reported the Kansas City Star. “Ripple wrote out his demand note in front of his wife … and told her he’d rather be in jail than at home,” the FBI agent wrote in full.

Epoch Times contributed to this report.