The family of a man who is accused of robbing a bank says the criminal act was a father’s desperate attempt to pay for his baby daughter’s chemotherapy.
Brian Randolph, 23, is accused of robbing a credit union in his neighborhood on Aug. 12, according to WXYZ. Randolph was arrested two days later. Surveillance video showed Randolph handing the teller a note that said he had a gun, but he never used one during the robbery.
Randolph’s girlfriend told the news station that while she couldn’t be sure what he was thinking during the robbery, that “the only thing I can think about is him trying to take care of his child."
The suspect’s aunt told WXYZ that Randolph said, “I want to provide for my child.”
On the family’s GoFundMe page, the baby’s mother, Asia Dupree, said that Randolph robbed a bank to “be able to provide chemo and anything else for his daughter and provide for his family.”
However, police told WXYZ that Randolph had in his possession expensive merchandise, like Nike Lebron shoes, a Gucci bag and other clothing accessories.
Randolph’s daughter, Brailynn Randolph, is undergoing treatment for retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer.
The child lost health insurance because Brailynn’s mother didn’t renew the policy when the child turned 1. The mother claims she didn’t know that a renewal was necessary. The family recently learned that Brailynn will require additional chemotherapy treatments as a new tumor was discovered during follow-up tests.