Suspected KCK bank robber tells investigators being behind bars beats life at home with wife

Lawrence Ripple's booking photo from the Wyandotte County Detention Center.

Lawrence Ripple's booking photo from the Wyandotte County Detention Center.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — 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 Brotherhood Bank Trust teller in Kansas City at 7th and Minnesota on Friday, demanding cash and warning he had a gun. Ripple took $2,924 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, and appeared in court on Wednesday.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Ripple. A federal order shows he’s been released from jail, and must appear in court on September 9.