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Aug 4, 2010 3:22 PM by Melissa Canone

UPDATE-Holdup attempt ends in suicide on I-10

UPDATE-BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - Bay St. Louis police say the man who
killed himself on Interstate 10 after an attempted holdup in
Louisiana was a Louisiana National Guard soldier assigned to help
with the oil spill.
Deputy Chief Mike DeNardo identifies him Wednesday as
24-year-old John Paul Loupe of LaPlace, a member of the 773rd
Military Police Battalion.
He says Loupe shot himself in the head with a 9mm semi-automatic
rifle on Tuesday, and car caromed off a guardrail and onto a
bridge.
Capt. Kevin Foltz, spokesman for Slidell, La., police, said
Loupe tried to hold up a fast-food restaurant there shortly before
killing himself.
He said Loupe threatened the manager with a steak knife and
ordered her to open the safe, but she grabbed his face and shoved
him against a wall.

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SLIDELL, La. (AP) - Slidell police say a 24-year-old man
apparently shot and killed himself on Interstate 10 in Mississippi
after trying to hold up a fast-food restaurant in Slidell.
Capt. Kevin Foltz says the man's name is being withheld until
his family is notified.
Foltz says the man ordered a worker at knifepoint to let him in
the restaurant's back door, then ordered the manager - a
44-year-old woman - to open the safe. Instead, she grabbed the
man's face and pushed him against the wall.
Foltz says the man ran out and drove toward Mississippi in a
gold Grand Marquis.
He said Mississippi authorities soon notified Slidell police
that the car had crashed into a bridge on I-10 in Bay St. Louis.
Slidell detectives confirmed it was the would-be robber.
Bay St. Louis police could not be immediately reached.

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