Bank robber says he stole for daughter's chemotherapy treatments

Father Accused of Robbing Bank to Pay for Daughter's Chemo Appears in Court

Brian Randolph, 23, was accused of robbing the Vibe Credit Union in Michigan on August 12. He says that he robbed the bank because he needed the money to help pay for his 1-year-old daughter's chemotherapy treatments.

When Randolph entered the bank, he gave one of the employees a note demanding money. The note indicated that he had a shotgun hidden in his clothes. However, he never revealed the firearm. Police told ABC News that he claims to have not actually had a gun with him during the incident.

Once Randolph was arrested, he explained to the police that he robbed the bank out of desperation to pay for his daughter's cancer treatments. He said that his insurance company was no longer paying for his daughter's chemotherapy treatments and that the robbery was a last-ditch effort to get the necessary money.

The mother of Randolph's 1-year-old daughter, Asia Dupree, told WXYZ-TV that she thinks Randolph was desperately trying to get the money to pay for their daughter's upcoming chemotherapy treatment. Their daughter has retinoblastoma, a specific type of eye cancer. Dupree said:

"I guess it was desperation. Time was ticking right before her appointment came up."

Randolph is expected to make his first court appearance on Thursday, August 27.

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