Newlywed Bank Robbers: Kylee

Young, In Love, and Dangerous?

Local news reports tell the tale of this so-called Bonnie and Clyde case. A young couple meets, falls in love.

"The short-lived bandit story all started at this Wells-Fargo bank in Lindon," begins one report. "Investigators say Josh Rich robbed it at gunpoint, then seven days later, the couple married and used the money to head to Vegas and Palm Springs for their honeymoon. Ten days later, police say Josh was back inside the same bank, robbing it a second time. Then last Saturday morning, police say Josh entered the same bank a third time. Kylee was allegedly waiting in the getaway car."

Josh had previously served prison time on charges of counterfeiting. He and Kylee eventually appeared in federal court, Josh to face three counts against him for bank robbery which could land him in prison for up to 60 years, Kylee to face one count, which could put her behind bars for 20 years.

So how did this all begin? How did this vibrant girl with a promising future find herself driving a getaway car during a bank heist and now facing 20 years in federal prison?

"I got married when I was 20, and it all just went to hell from there," Kylee explains. At 20 years old, Kylee was charged with a first degree felony of aggravated robbery.

"I met Josh on July 1, and three days later we moved in together, and two weeks after that we got engaged. Josh was a total sweetheart when we were dating. He turned into kind of a psycho. He was doing drugs behind my back, and I found out that he was high on heroin the day that we got married. We started doing drugs a little bit after we were married, and I finally got to the point where I would do the drugs so I could get away from Josh, because he'd raised his hand to me a couple of times, and he manipulated, pressured and threatened me."

"My senior year, my grades started dropping, when I started drinking and smoking weed," Kylee recounts.

"She started bringing some boys around who looked like troublemakers," her father continues. "They were the kind of guys who would come in and they would divert their eyes away from you. They wouldn't look at us."

Kylee met Josh through his younger brother, and found that he had the one thing she was attracted to the most. "I've always been drawn to tattoos, and he has tattoos all down his back, and I thought he was so adorable," she says, "and he would compliment me. 'Oh, you look beautiful.' It felt good because I had never been treated that way. Then I found out that he had gone to prison for printing money, and I was like, OK, that's a little bit weird, but maybe he's changed. He did tell me he was turning his life around, and he was going back to church. Within about three or four days, he had me wrapped around his finger."

Kylee's mother, Cindy, recounts, "Kylee called me and said, 'Mom, I met this guy, and before you even meet him, I want you to know that he just got out of prison in March and he has tattoos, but he doesn't smoke or drink, and he's just this great guy, and I want you to meet him.'"

"He professed that he was trying to turn his life around, and his intentions toward Kylee were honorable," her father adds. "Cindy and I talked about it, and said, 'Well, people can change.'"

"Around my parents, he treated me like gold," says Kylee. "When I was alone with him, if there was something that I didn't do quite right, he would get mad. He did raise his hand to me, but he'd get so apologetic, and he'd start hugging all over me and, 'I'm so sorry, Baby,' and so I would forgive him for that. And there were several times that my mom tried to talk me out of getting engaged to him because she didn't think I was ready to be married."

Kylee says her situation worsened once she and Josh tied the knot. "He was getting very controlling over my life. I was working my butt off, and he wasn't working, and it got to the point where he could not hold a job to save his life. We did struggle, paying our bills. It was really hard because we did start spending a lot of our money on drugs. Josh and I were doing heroin and cocaine at first, and then we started doing meth."

Kylee details events leading up to the third and final heist.

"January 26, we were doing meth, heroin and cocaine all at the same time, and he got this crazy idea, and he pulled a gun out. I think it was a .357 revolver, and he said, 'I'm going to rob Wells-Fargo in Lindon, and you're going to help me,' and I was terrified. I was afraid that if I told him I didn't want to do this and that it's wrong that he was going to hurt me. He said that we needed the money for rent and also for drugs, and I was like, 'Are you completely psycho? Why would you rob a bank? Why can't you just go get a job like a normal human being?' He said this will be the quickest way to get money.

"So that night I was so scared that I smoked and snorted so many drugs that I was surprised that I woke up the next morning. We borrowed his friend's car. I sat in the car, and I was shaking. I had tears running down my face because I was terrified of him.

"I was parked in the parking lot, and we immediately switched cars. He told me to get on the freeway, and he was going to follow behind me, and he said, 'If we get lost, meet at this hotel in Salt Lake,' and he just drove past me like it was nothing, and my heart sank, and that's where I got pulled over with four guns to my head. They put a transponder in the bag to track the money, and they're screaming at me to get the hell out of the car and put my hands on the back of my head like this, and walk backward toward them," Kylee demonstrates, putting her hands to the back of her head.

"When the police started questioning me, they asked me about the other two robberies, and I told them I had no idea about the other robberies, and I was completely awed that he would think to do that three times at the same bank. It was like the puzzle finally came together, and I realized that's what he was doing when he was saying he was going out for a boys night.

"I was taken to jail late that night. I was in there for three days, and then they finally found Josh. I found out he hid in a closet for nine hours, and I was so upset that he would just leave me, his wife, with four guns to my head when he tries to get away with the money. I went from loving him to hating him. I did file for divorce. He's a psychopath and a sociopath.

"The first time I saw my parents was when I went to court. I was in chains. I was very ashamed, and I felt like it was my fault for all this, but they told me that they still love me, and I'm still their little girl.

"At my plea hearing, I pled guilty to one count of aggravated robbery. My sentencing is coming up in a little over a month, and I'm hoping that they will give me a suspended charge, which would put me on probation. If they don't give me the suspended charge, I will go to federal prison."

Dr. Phil sits down with Kylee to ask her some hard questions before she faces the judge for sentencing. He begins by acknowledging that Kylee has a rough road ahead with her impending sentencing hearing.

"How the hell did this happen?" he asks. "What did you think when Josh said, 'I've got this gun, and we're going to rob a bank tomorrow'?"

"I was terrified," Kylee tells him. "I didn't know what to do, and he had me wrapped around his little finger and said 'I need your help.' I was confused. I was on drugs. I wasn't thinking."

"So, what did you say when he first said it?" Dr. Phil probes.

"He said, 'We need to pay our bills,' and he wanted more money so we could get more drugs. He started to pressure me, and said, 'Come on. I need you. You're supposed to be here to help me.'"

"So, he says, 'If you want to be a good wife and support your husband, you'll help me rob this bank?'" Dr. Phil echoes. "I don't care how much of a drug haze you're in; didn't that, at the time, just send off a warning in your head that this guy's nuts? Anybody who would take his wife and put her in harm's way is a loser. Did that not click in your head at the time?"

"It did," she says, "but it went right through my head just because I was madly in love with him."

"You never said, 'If he truly cared about me, he wouldn't ask me to be involved in this horrible thing'?" asks Dr. Phil.

"I had gotten to the point where I was scared for my life," Kylee says. "He started threatening me, and he did raise his hand to me several times."

"But you got away from him, because he had to go rob the bank," Dr. Phil counters. "He had to go to the parking lot three miles away so you were away from him then."

Kylee explains, "He did threaten me when we were in the parking lot and said, 'If you call the cops, there are going to be serious problems, so you'd better stay here or else,' and I was terrified."

"You say you were on drugs and you were confused, but you were thinking clearly enough to be scared," Dr. Phil says pointedly, "because you knew he was going to take a loaded gun into a bank and hold it to the head of some woman who just got up that morning, put on her makeup -- maybe she fixed her kids breakfast. She went down there to just do her job, and here comes this guy in a door holding a gun to her head, and you were part of that."

"I was," Kylee admits.

Dr. Phil asks."Have you ever seen what happened in there?"

"No," she says.

"Well, let's take a look at what happened," says Dr. Phil. He rises to show Kylee projected slides of Josh during each bank heist. One is dated the week before her wedding, and Dr. Phil points out that money from the crime financed her honeymoon.

Describing another picture, Dr. Phil says, "He's pointing that gun at a human being. He's got his thumb on the hammer, ready to pull it back and kill somebody." He points to the time stamp on the photo and says, "Your life changed in this moment, didn't it?"

Kylee acknowledges that it did.

"Because at this moment you're sitting in a getaway car, right?" asks Dr. Phil. "And he came and put you in that car."

"Yes," says Kylee, "he did come back down to the parking lot and switched cars."

"He took the safe car, and the money, and the gun and gave you the only car that was tied to the robbery."

"Yes," says Kylee. "I was scared, but he told me that he wanted me to do it because he wanted to try and throw off the cops by seeing a female in the Mustang when they were looking for a male."

"And then the cops, sure enough, stopped the Mustang," says Dr. Phil. "They draw their guns, four of them pointed at your head, and he drives by. How alone did you feel at that moment?"

"I felt more alone than I ever have," she says, "that he could pressure and threaten me into doing this and then just drive past me like it's nothing."

Dr. Phil asks how Kylee feels about Josh now.

"I despise him," she says.

"Do you deserve to go to jail?"

"I don't know."

Dr. Phil says, "I think there's going to be great interest in whether or not you get it now, you've had a moment of clarity, or if you're just being good because you're in trouble, and as soon as the heat's off you'll go right back to doing what you were doing before. Do you get it?"

"I realize my mistake for listening to Josh and not getting out of it before, and, you know, it's helped me a lot, and I'm definitely not going to go back to the old ways," she says.

Dr. Phil explains, "To a federal judge, 'Whoops, I'm sorry,' is not much of a defense because their attitude is, 'Well, if you weren't thinking then, what makes us believe you'll be thinking now?' Did you know he had robbed this bank before?"

"No," says Kylee. "I did not know."

"Where did you think the money came from?" asks Dr. Phil. "He just showed up with money all of a sudden."

"No," she says, "actually, I did not see any of the money at all."

"You went on a trip, right?" Dr. Phil presses. "Didn't you guys go, like, to Palm Springs? How did you think he was affording that?"

"He did have a job at the time," Kylee says. "And there was money that we got from our wedding. We had about $1,400." She wipes a tear from her cheek as she speaks.

"And then, he robs it after you get married, again," says Dr. Phil. "So did you wonder where that money came from?"

"And on that one, I hardly saw any money at all," she explains. "He was still saying that we're broke, and really, I don't know where it all went."

"And when the third robbery took place, did he tell you he had robbed it the first two times?" asks Dr. Phil.

"No," she says tearfully. "I found out when I was taken into custody and interrogated by the FBI."

Dr. Phil asks, "If you could have screamed out at him when he drove by you, standing there with police surrounding you and guns pointed at your head, what would you have yelled when you saw him go by?"

"How could you do this to me and just leave me stranded?" she says. "Why would you just leave me here?"

"Look at his eyes," says Dr. Phil, gesturing toward the projected image of Josh's mug shot. "If he's watching this right now, what do you say to him?"


"Why in the hell did I not see this before?" Kylee says through her tears. "Why the hell would you desert me the way that you did?"

"He crawled up in a closet and hid like a coward while you're standing out there getting cuffed, arrested," says Dr. Phil. "How do you feel about that?"

"I hate him," Kylee says, "and I don't know why he would think that this was a logical reason for trying to get money."

Dr. Phil asks Kylee if Josh has apologized.

"Subtly, he has," she says, voice trembling, "but hasn't straight-up said, 'I'm really sorry for bringing you into this and just leaving you.'"

"How do you feel about what you've put your parents through?" asks Dr. Phil.

"I am extremely sorry for what I put them through," she says. "They've been the biggest support for me."

"It would be awful easy for them to say, 'You got what you deserved,' but they're not doing that," says Dr. Phil. "They're standing by you."


Dr. Phil tells Kylee that her life isn't over. "I mean, you're 20 years old. You can choose a different route at this point, can start making a series of good choices. It is not too late for you, but if you have a good life ahead of you, it will be because you choose some right things, it will be because you figure out what's going on. Because there's just something not right. I mean, you know right from wrong. You see that now, right?"

"I do," she says.