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Man facing bank robbery charges says he’d rather be in prison than live with his wife

September 8, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Man facing bank robbery charges says he’d rather be in prison than live with his wife

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Kansas City man facing bank robbery charges chooses prison over wife.

A 70-year-old Kansas City man, who is facing bank robbery charges in Kansas, told law enforcement officials that being behind bars would be better than having to live with his wife.

Court documents indicate that Lawrence John Ripple handed a note to a bank teller Friday stating that he had a gun and demanded cash, the Kansas City Star reported.

Ripple reportedly took the money but instead of fleeing the scene, he sat in the lobby, where he told a security guard that he was the “guy he was looking for.” The guard reportedly took the cash and held the suspect while authorities were contacted.

Police quickly arrived at the scene since the Kansas City Police headquarters is located on the same block.

According to a court affidavit in support of bank robbery charges, an FBI agent wrote that Ripple told him he was arguing with his wife earlier that day and informed police he had written the note in front of her, saying that he preferred to “be in jail than at home.”

The suspect later told investigators, that he and his wife have not been getting along and he “no longer wanted to be in that situation,” according to the documents.

“Ripple wrote out his demand note in front of his wife … and told her he’d rather be in jail than at home,” an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit filed in support of the robbery charge.

On Tuesday, Ripple was officially arraigned on bank robbery charges.

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