Man arrested in attempted robbery

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WALLA WALLA - An attempted robbery at a downtown tavern led to one arrest after the suspect was spotted a few blocks away on Main Street.

At about 4:30 p.m. Friday, police report that Bernard D. Falconer, 56, address unknown, entered Fat Cat's Tavern, 430 W. Main St., and demanded $200.

The report said Falconer kept his hands in his pocket in a manner that led the bartender to think he had a weapon. Falconer demanded money twice and came around the back of the counter.

"He wanted some money. He wanted $200 ... Then he came to the back counter. That guy had some balls," tavern owner Pete Yelenich said, as he calmly cooked up several burgers, as if nothing had happened.

After the bartender and customers began yelling at the man, Falconer left the establishment.

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

According to police, Falconer then went to Fast Eddies, 600 W. Main St., and demanded cash; the employee locked the drive-through window and called 911.

A few minutes later, Falconer was spotted by police near the Golden Horse Restaurant, 628 W. Main St., where he was taken down without use of Tasers or other weapons, police said.

Falconer was booked in the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of robbery.

Police do not believe Falconer is the same man wanted for the robberies of the Taj Food Mart and Los Tapatios Market several weeks ago, where the suspect made off on a bicycle.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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