Oakland County Man Robs Bank to Pay for Daughter’s Chemo [VIDEO]
An Oakland County man is being held on $500,000 bond after he robbed a credit union to, reportedly, pay for his daughter's cancer treatments.
23-year-old Brian Randolph allegedly robbed a Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon on August 12th. The reason, he told police, was to pay for his daughter's chemotherapy.
His one-year-old daughter Brialynn has retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer. Her insurance was abruptly canceled, and he says that he robbed the credit union as a last-ditch effort to pay for her treatments, which she receives every four weeks.
He wrote a note and handed it to the teller, demanding $20,000. He claimed he had a gun on him, which he never showed to anybody. He made off with approximately $8,100.
Asia Dupree, his girlfriend and mother of his child, says that she doesn't know what he was thinking. "I guess it was desperation. Time was ticking right before her appointment came up," Dupree told WXYZ-TV.
Dupree set up a GoFundMe page last year after their daughter was diagnosed. She just updated it yesterday to reflect the current situation.
I'm disgusted at how many people online are accusing this man of robbing the bank for his own benefit and using his daughter as an excuse. Would it really surprise anybody that his daughter's healthcare could render his family bankrupt? Sick. I feel awful for this family. Bad judgment? Yes. Bad reasoning? No.