Report: Man chooses jail over home with his wife, robs bank

A 70-year-old man fed up with his wife decided jail would be better than living at home.

Lawrence John Ripple walked into a Kansas City bank Sept. 2, handed a teller a note saying he had a gun and demanded money, according to court documents.

Ripple took the $2,924 he was given and sat down in the bank lobby, telling a security guard he was the guy he was looking for, according to a statement from Special Agent Eric Beltz. He wasn't there for the money.

Ripple and his wife recently had an argument, he wrote his demand note in front of her and said "he’d rather be in jail than at home," Beltz stated. The bank he "robbed" was about a block from a police station.

While he spent a little time behind bars, his plan unraveled Wednesday, when a judge released him from jail, The Washington Post reports.


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