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    A man accused of robbing a bank on Friday in Kansas City, Kansas, shocked investigators when he confessed his reason for committing the crime. 70-year-old Lawrence John Ripple apparently told authorities that he would rather go to jail than go back home to his wife. Ripple had allegedly walked into a local bank earlier in the day and passed a note to a teller saying that he had a gun and demanding money. Instead of running from the scene, Ripple proceeded to sit in the bank lobby, and alerted authorities that he was the perpetrator once they arrived. "I have never heard of someone who would rather come to jail and commit a crime so they don't have to go home and be with their family, that's never happened," said Lt. Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department. (Published Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016)

    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.