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St. Paul police: Man who died after being found unconscious in parking ramp attempted to rob church employee

Updated: January 21, 2020 06:09 PM

Authorities in St. Paul say the death of a man who was found unconscious Monday night in downtown St. Paul came after the man attempted to rob someone.

Sgt. Mike Ernster, with St. Paul Police, said during a press conference Tuesday that the 52-year-old man allegedly tried to rob a 49-year-old man but the 49-year-old fought back.

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Witnesses confirmed to police that the 52-year-old intimated a hangun to the victim as he attempted to assault him. However, no firearm was found at the scene.

The victim was assisted by his co-workers who work at a nearby church in holding down the suspect until police arrived at the scene on the 500 block of Wabasha Street around 7 p.m. Monday. The man was found unconscious and not breathing. He was taken to Regions Hospital, where he later died.

There are no arrests in this case, according to Ernster.

Police investigating after unconscious man found in downtown St. Paul dies

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner will determine the suspect's identity in the coming days. The case remains under investigation.

You can watch the full press conference below.

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