Homeless man robs bank to get health care in jail

Bank hands over $1 in 'hold-up'

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:33:04 AM CST   Updated On: Aug 28 2013 03:51:41 PM CDT
Bank lobby tellers

A homeless man desperate for free health care services robbed a bank of one dollar with the intention of getting arrested and going to jail.

According to CBS Seattle, Timothy Dean Alsip of Portland, Ore. walked into a Bank of America branch outside Portland, Ore, and handed a note to the teller saying, 'This is a hold up. Give me a dollar.' Rather than flee with the dollar, Alsip reportedly took a seat in the lobby and quietly waited for police to arrest him.

Alsip was charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree theft, but the robbery charge was dismissed. Alsip remains in jail, having failed to pay a $40,000 bail on the theft charge. According to The Oregonian, Alsip, a 50-year-old man with no previous criminal record, told officers he had robbed the bank in order to receive medical care in jail.