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Florida man arrested for attempting to rob store with stapler; police

Miami Dade Police
Miami-Dade Police

(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLA) — A Florida man arrested for allegedly dropping a baby at a Walmart was arrested again after attempting to rob a Publix with a stapler.

Patrick Abbott, 31, faces armed robbery charges after attempting to rob the Publix on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, according to Miami-Dade police.

Police say Abbot gave an employee a note written on a receipt that said he had a gun, demanding money.

“Read carefully. I have a gun with me and put the money in the bag,” the receipt read, according to police.

Once the employee read the note, she pretended to help another co-worker and called for help.

Abbot fled the store empty handed. Police identified the suspect while he threw the note away on Northeast 50th Street, and he was taken into custody, according to police.

The ‘gun’ Abbot threatened the Publix employee with turned out to be a black stapler.

Abbot was arrested on a charge of armed robbery. His bond was set at $7,500.