Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rolling Geritol Bandit

In my opinion, freedom isn’t any good if you can’t sustain yourself on the outside."

Wheelchair bandit Peter Lawrence, age 72, has been detained in San Diego for committing a bank robbery so that he could get put back in prison. 

Peter pointed a bb gun at a teller at Chase Bank on Monday and wheeled out with a cool $2000.00. He was rolling his way back to his rented room downtown when the local police managed to catch up with him on Seventh Ave..

Lawrence figured that he would get better treatment for his diabetes, colon cancer, Parkinson’s disease, gout, heart disease and glaucoma in the slam, the pressures of life on the outside being too much for him. He couldn't make ends meet on his $914.00 monthly Social Security check. He said that he hopes to plead guilty soon and put the whole thing behind him. "I'm going to wave the bail, I'm not interested in being free," he said. "I'm not interested in getting freeI’ve been well taken care of, I don’t plan to leave prison alive. I feel relieved and glad it’s over.”

Read the source article by Kristina Davis in the Union Tribune here.