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MILWAUKEE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that today, March 3, 2009, Jessie L. Warren of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was arraigned on 1 count of Attempted Armed Robbery (Use of Force). The charge is a felony offense that carries a maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine and 20 years imprisonment. To this charge, Warren entered a plea of not guilty. A scheduling conference has been set for March 26, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. before the Honorable Dennis Cimpl.
Attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), acting as special prosecutors for Milwaukee County, allege that on February 19, 2009, Warren attempted to obtain money from a cashier at the Real Chili restaurant at 419 East Wells Street in Milwaukee. Warren ordered the cashier to give him money and threatened to kill him. Warren also told the cashier he had a gun. When Warren and the cashier began struggling over the cash register, Warren produced a small knife and attempted to stab the cashier in the hand. Warren then fled without obtaining money.
Warren was convicted of Robbery in 1998 and again in 2007.
A criminal complaint is a document alleging violation of the criminal law and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas is representing the state.