Yesha Callahan

Father Allegedly Robbed Bank To Pay For Daughter’s Cancer Treatment


A Michigan man accused of robbing a credit union told police he needed the money to help pay for his daughter’s chemotherapy treatments, authorities said.

Brian Randolph, 23, is accused of robbing the Vibe Credit Union in South Lyon, Michigan, on Aug. 12.

Randolph entered the building and passed a note demanding money, police said. While the note indicated he had a shotgun hidden in his clothes, he never revealed the firearm and police told ABC News that he said he did not actually bring a gun with him.


He has been charged with armed robbery and bank robbery and had his bond set at $500,000, police said.

After his arrest, Randolph told police his motive for the robbery was to help pay for his daughter’s cancer treatments, authorities said.

Randolph told police that his insurance company was no longer paying for his daughter’s chemotherapy treatments and that he robbed the credit union in a last-ditch attempt to find a way to pay for her treatments, according to South Lyon Public Information Officer Lieutenant Christopher Sovik.

Randolph’s family, including the mother of his 1-year-old daughter, told local ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV that they think he was desperately trying to get money before his daughter’s upcoming chemotherapy treatment. Asia Dupree, Randolph’s girlfriend and mother of their 1-year-old daughter, told WXYZ-TV that their daughter Brialynn has retinoblastoma, a cancer that forms in the eye.

“I guess it was desperation. Time was ticking right before her appointment came up,” Dupree told WXYZ-TV.

Randolph is scheduled to make his first court appearance today since his arraignment, but the name of his lawyer was not immediately available, according to the court clerk.

A GoFundMe has been established to help pay for the child’s medical expenses. 

  1. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    So now she has cancer and no dad around… Let’s think things through folks. Terrible reason and terrible plan.

  2. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    First, the daughter is so adorable and precious. I
    certainly sympathize with the father in wanting to care for her daughter. We
    know how expensive health care can be. Yet, there is no justification for him
    to do this action. I only wished that he would establish like a GoFundMe
    campaign, a special community fund, help from relatives or other locations, or other alternatives instead of him doing a robbery.

  3. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    I’m disappointed that he resorted to this, but I’m much more disappointed that in the wealthiest nation on earth we have citizens that are this desperate to pay for medical care for their kids. It’s BEEN time for us to have socialized health care.

    • August 28, 2015 - Reply


      Universal health care has worked in many nations, so I agree with you.

    • August 28, 2015 - Reply


      This is exactly what I was thinking. I live in Canada and for all of this country’s faults – and trust we have many – I will continue to happily pay high taxes for universal healthcare. I am blessed to know if something happens to anyone in my family, I can take the person to any hospital and get care – and good care at that. It is disturbing that a parent would feel the need to rob a bank to pay for his child’s treatment.

  4. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    While I agree that the father should have come up with a suitable, legal plan to come up with the money, I’m going to give him props for going to the extreme that he did to try to help his daughter. We often hear parents say they would rather die or go to jail than see harm come to their children, and this guy was actually willing to do that. I agree it was stupid, but I’m not going to kick a person while they are down.

    I don’t know if you all remember this but back in either the late 90s or early 2000s, a senator or state rep, also with a daughter with cancer, sold coke to cover bills. He was eventually caught and arrested, but received a lenient sentence and because of his actions, his colleagues voted for more comprehensive insurance for senators the next term. He was white and in a powerful position so that helped him. This guy just robbed a bank without a gun. At least he wasn’t selling drugs.

    • August 28, 2015 - Reply


      I feel you.

      • August 30, 2015 - Reply

        But we all know they will go hard on him he doesn’t have the complexion for protection.

        • August 30, 2015 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          Exactly Sister. The criminal injustice system doesn’t care about the circumstances of why things happen. He will probably be thrown the book by the court system unfortunately.

        • August 30, 2015 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          Enjoy your Day Sister Mary Burrell.

  5. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    I know in my state, there is a medical program for sick and disabled children, irregardless of parental income. I’m not sure about the state in this story, so I’m going to keep my skepticism to myself that people are actually paying cash money for a sick child’s medical care.

  6. August 30, 2015 - Reply

    This is just horrible my heart goes out to the little one and prayers for her and her father.I just wish he had thought things through better than this. He made a very bad choice.

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