Approximately two weeks ago, a 23-year-old Metro Detroit man was arrested for allegedly robbing a South Lyon credit union, getting away with about $9,000 according to the Washington Post. Brian Randolph told detectives that he robbed the bank to pay for cancer treatment for his one-year-old daughter, and that he had recently lost insurance coverage. Randolph has no felony criminal history, according to authorities.
At the time of news reports in late August, Randolph was being held on a $500,000 bond after appearing on armed robbery and bank robbery charges. If convicted of the charges against him, he could face life in prison.
The suspect went into Vibe Credit Union on August 12 and proceeded to give a teller a note indicating that he was carrying a gun, and that he wanted $20,000. Police say the teller gave Randolph approximately $9,000 in cash. South Lyon Police Lt. Chris Sovik stated that a gun was never displayed during the robbery, and that police did not locate a gun.
Authorities said a Facebook tip led to the suspect’s arrest.
Randolph told police that he spent $1,500 of the cash he stole on rent payments; authorities also stated that a “large portion” of the money was found inside Randolph’s rental car, along with purchases from H & M and Gucci. The Post questioned Lt. Sovik via email regarding whether Randolph’s daughter did indeed have cancer, to which he replied, “from what we understand, she does. He (Randolph) indicated that he robbed the bank to help pay for cancer treatments.”
Regardless of the reason, Michigan criminal defense attorneys know that if found guilty, Randolph will face serious and life-changing punishment. Armed robbery is a life offense in the state, as are bank, safe, and vault robbery. Bank robbery may be prosecuted at the state or federal level, or both depending on the circumstances. While Randolph may have actually committed the robbery for the sake of his daughter, he may have made a grave mistake that will now cost him his freedom.
If you have been arrested for armed robbery or any criminal offense that involves the taking of property or money that does not belong to you with or without a firearm or weapon, take action immediately to protect your legal rights and freedom. Contact an experienced and capable Michigan criminal defense lawyer who will fight vigorously for the best possible result in your case.