Robbery attempt suspect nabbed on West Main Street

Police say Bernard Falconer attempted to rob Fat Cat's Tavern on Friday afternoon

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WALLA WALLA - An attempted robbery at a downtown tavern led to onearrest after the suspect was spotted a few blocks away on Main Street, police said.

About 4:30 p.m. Friday, a man entered Fat Cat's Tavern, 430 W.Main St., and demanded money, according to owner Pete Yelenich.

"He wanted some money. He wanted $200. ... Then he came to the backcounter. That guy had some balls," Yelenich said, as he calmly cookedup several of the establishment's famous burgers as if nothing hadhappened.

The bartender who initially confronted the suspect said she thoughtthe man was making gestures like he had a gun under his clothing.

The man fled without any money after customers noticed the situationand called 911.

"Twenty-two years I have been here and I have never had anythinghappen like it," Yelenich said.

According to police, the suspect, Bernard Falconer, 56, unknownaddress, left the Fat Cat's Tavern and went to Fast Eddy's, where healso demanded cash, but did not make gestures like he had a weapon. After receiving no money, Falconer left Fast Eddy's, police said.

A few minutes later, Falconer was spotted by police near the GoldenHorse Restaurant, 628 W. Main St., where he was taken into custody withoutthe use of Tasers or other weapons, police said.

Falconer was booked in the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of first-degree attempted robbery.

Police do not believe Falconer was the same man wanted for therobberies of the Taj Food Mart and Los Tapatios Market several weeksago, in which the suspect made off on a bicycle.

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