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Timothy Dean AlsipA homeless man has allegedly held up and robbed a Portland bank for $1, then sat down and waited for police to arrest him so he could receive healthcare in prison.

Timothy Dean Alsip, a 50-year-old homeless man, was arrested by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department and thrown in jail on suspicion of second-degree robbery.

Deputy Mark Nikolai, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told the Oregonian that the homeless man entered a Bank of America on the morning of Aug. 23, where he approached a teller with a note demanding $1.

“He handed over a note saying, ‘This is a hold up. Give me a dollar,’” Nikolai said. After receiving the dollar, he “had a seat in the lobby.”

Holding the $1 bill, Alsip waited in the lobby of the bank until police arrived and arrested him. He was originally charged with both second-degree robbery and third-degree theft, but his robbery charge was later dismissed. His bail was initially set at $250,000, but later reduced to $40,000.

Alsip allegedly told police officers that he ‘robbed’ the bank so he could receive medical care in jail. The 50-year-old homeless man has no previous criminal record, but has recently showed signs of desperation to get help. Alsip asked strangers for assistance and on multiple occasions called 911 on himself, complaining of various imaginary problems, such as being hit by a car and overdosing on drugs, CBS Seattle reports. READ MORE 


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