Kansas Man Chooses Jail Over Wife, Robs Bank And Sits In Lobby Waiting To Get Arrested

By Samantha in Fails Published On 30th September 2022

Federal authorities back in 2016 released a bizarre case where one Kansas man robbed a bank and sat in the lobby waiting to get arrested claiming that he'd instead go to jail than go home to his wife.

According to the reports, Larry Ripple chose a life in jail instead of spending a minute more with his wife at home. And so on the eventful day back in 2016, the 70-year-old man walked into the Bank of Labor in downtown Kansas City, Kan., handed over a note to a teller which read, “I have a gun, give me your cash,” and was given $2,924 in currency from the drawer. 

In typical situations, the robbers run after looting the bank. 

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However, this man then proceeded towards the lobby where he took a seat and began talking to the security guard, the complaint by Special Agent Eric R. Beltz states.

All of this was captured on surveillance video. “I’m the guy you’re looking for,” Ripple allegedly told the guard. The guard took Ripple into custody and retrieved the $2,924, Beltz wrote. The police and FBI were summoned, and Ripple was taken to the police station. (This story was first reported by the Kansas City Star’s ace courts reporter, Tony Rizzo.)

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Advised of his Miranda rights, about 45 minutes after the stickup, Ripple agreed to speak to the authorities and said that “he and his wife had an argument at home and Ripple no longer wanted to be in the situation. Ripple wrote out his demand note in front of his wife,” Beltz wrote, “and told her he’d rather be in jail than at home. Ripple then walked to the bank and robbed it.” Further details of the domestic unrest were not reported in the complaint.


Ripple was then arrested and held in the Wyandotte County jail, charged with one federal count of bank robbery. 

But it seems like his plan did not work in the long run as the federal authorities decided on the punishment otherwise. Court records revealed Ripple appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Waxse, and Waxse ordered the defendant to be released from jail on his own recognizance. 

Thus, Ripple was forcibly given his freedom back. 


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