A 23-year-old father says desperation led him to rob a Michigan bank so he could pay for his daughter’s chemotherapy treatments.
Brian Randolph was arrested Aug. 14 for allegedly robbing a bank two days before. Randolph entered Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon, Michigan, on Aug. 12 and passed a note to the teller demanding $20,000. He warned the teller he had a gun, although he did not. Randolph made off with $8,100 in cash, ABC News reports.
After he was caught, Randolph told law enforcement he committed the crime to pay for his one-year-old daughter’s chemotherapy treatments.
His daughter is battling retinoblastoma, a form of cancer that develops in the eye. Randolph’s girlfriend, Asia Dupree, told reporters their daughter gets chemo treatment for her cancer every four weeks. After Randolph’s insurance dropped him, his family said he took matters into his own hands.
“I guess it was desperation. Time was ticking right before her appointment came up,” Dupree told WXYZ-TV.
Lt. Chris Sovik of the South Lyon Police Department said he’s having a hard time believing the claims, since Randolph was apprehended by the police while in possession of newly purchased high-priced items.
The Detroit Free Press reports:
Randolph was arrested after authorities began tailing him and pulled him over in Detroit on Aug. 14. In the car, authorities found a Gucci bag with clothing and accessories, the new shirts and clothes, and new tennis shoes in his size in the front seat. “If that is the case,” Sovik added, referring to the reports of cancer, “I can certainly understand. You want to do everything you can to protect your daughter. But there are lots of fathers whose daughters have cancer as well, and you don’t see them out there robbing banks all the time.”
Randolph is currently being held on $500,000 bail. He faces one count of armed robbery and another count of bank robbery. Both charges can result in a maximum sentence of life in prison.