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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that today, February 24, 2009, attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), acting as special prosecutors for Milwaukee County, filed a criminal complaint in Milwaukee County Circuit Court against Jessie L. Warren of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, alleging 1 count of Attempted Armed Robbery (Use of Force). The allegation is a felony charge that carries a maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine and 20 years imprisonment. At the initial appearance today, Court Commissioner Dennis Cook set Warren's bail at $15,000. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 3, 2009, at 8:30 a.m.
The criminal complaint alleges that 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 fled without obtaining money. Several witnesses saw Warren get into a vehicle and leave the scene. By tracking the license plate number and speaking to the owner of the car, Milwaukee police were able to find and arrest Warren. He was positively identified in a lineup by several of the witnesses.
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.
A copy of the criminal complaint is available at