Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009

Barrett's Recovering, Suspect Reportedly in Custody

By Lisa Kaiser
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Im trying to gather some fresh information being reported about the horrible attack on Mayor Tom Barrett after he left State Fair last night.

WTMJ and the Journal Sentinel are reporting that the suspect is in custody.

Barrett is still in the hospital and in stable condition. Hes scheduled to have surgery today on broken bones on his right hand. It looks like hell leave the hospital by Tuesday, WTMJ is reporting, and hes in stable condition.

John Barrett, the mayors brother, and the Milwaukee and West Allis police departments will hold a press conference at 2 pm to update the media on the mayors condition and the status of the investigation.

So heres what we know so far: Barrett had attended the State Fair on Saturday and left with his sister at about 10:45 pm. The mayor had heard a woman cry out for help on the 8800 block of West Orchard Street, and when he pulled out his cell phone to call police the suspect repeatedly beat Barrett in the head with a pipe. The incident allegedly stemmed out of a domestic dispute between the 20-year-old suspect and his ex-girlfriend over a child custody fight.



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