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Man attempts suicide after robbery arrest

Nov. 2, 2010

A 35-year-old Milwaukee man tried to hang himself at the Wauwatosa Police Department after he was arrested for attempting to rob George Webb last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man entered the restaurant, 7410 W. State St., with his hand in his pocket and a shirt covering his face at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 27. A waitress saw him arrive and locked herself and a co-worker in the back office.

A customer tried to run out of the restaurant, but he slipped and fell, wounding his hands, arms and leg. The robber demanded the customer's wallet and threatened to shoot him, but the customer refused.

The robber took off empty-handed but was stopped at 61st and Vliet streets. He said he had been living in a van that had been parked there.

Police got search warrants so they could take a mouth swab for DNA and look through the van.

While at the police station, the robber tried to hang himself, so he was taken to Milwaukee County Mental Health. He is expected to be charged by the district attorney in December.

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