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Timothy Alsip, Ore.homeless man, robs bank for $1 to access health care, report says

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(CBS) SEATTLE - A homeless man has been accused of robbing a bank outside Portland then waiting to for police to arrest him so that he would get medical attention, according to CBS Seattle.

The Oregonian reports Timothy Dean Alsip, 50, went to a Bank of America branch on August 23 and gave the teller a note that read, "This is a hold up. Give me a dollar."

After receiving the dollar, Alsip reportedly sat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive. The suspect told officers he didn't have a permanent address.

According to the paper, Alsip wanted to get arrested so that he could get medical attention. Police said he had a pattern of strange behavior over the past week, calling 911 to complain about imaginary incidents like being hit by a car, having dental pain and suffering from drug overdose.He also tried to get random people to call 911 for him.

Authorities told the paper Alsip's bank robbery is consistent with the behavior displayed over the past week.

Alsip, who police said has no criminal record, has been charged with theft with bail set at $40,000.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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