SOUTH LYON, Michigan (WTNH)– A man accused of robbing a credit union in Michigan told police he did it to help pay for his young daughter’s chemotherapy treatments.
ABC News reports that 23-year-old Brian Randolph is accused of robbing the Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon, Michigan. On August 12th, he entered the building and gave the teller a note, indicating he had a gun and demanding money.
Police say Randolph did not actually have a gun with him. But he was arrested and charged with armed robbery and bank robbery, with a bond set at $500,000.
When asked by police what his motive was, Randolph said it was his last ditch attempt to help pay for his daughter, 1-year-old Brialynn’s, chemotherapy treatments after his insurance company stopped paying for them.
Randolph’s girlfriend, Asia Dupree, told an ABC station that their daughter does have retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, and that Randolph was desperate to get money for her upcoming treatment.
“I guess it was desperation. Time was ticking right before her appointment came up,” she told the ABC affiliate.
Randolph was in court Wednesday.