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Guy Weeks

Kinnickinnic resident picked up for attempted Minnesota robbery

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St. Croix County Sheriff deputies arrested a town of Kinnickinnic man at his home April 22 for a holdup at a Great Clips hair salon in Hastings, Minn.

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Guy Weeks, 49, 94 Ponderosa Road, was taken to county jail in Hudson. He later waived extradition rights and was moved to Dakota County Jail in Minnesota.

Weeks, who has worked at UW-River Falls since 2006 as a facilities maintenance specialist, was charged with a felony for attempted aggravated robbery. He allegedly called in sick for his job that day.

According to authorities, Weeks walked into Great Clips about 12:30 p.m., asked for money and appeared to be holding a gun inside a pocket.

The on-duty manager said her shop had no cash to give out. She told a hair stylist to call police.

A UPS driver saw Weeks run to a black Ford pickup and got his license plate number that was traced to a town of Kinnickinnic address. St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said Hastings police then asked for help in finding the suspect.

St. Croix deputies went to Weeks' house just after 2 p.m. Hillstead described the Weeks' arrest as "fairly routine, no violence and he was very cooperative."

Weeks' wife, who also works at UW-RF, was at that house when deputies arrived. She had wondered why he'd called in sick and returned home to check on him.

After initial denials, Weeks allegedly confessed to the robbery attempt then told the police he'd gone to a casino, lost money and worried about what to tell his wife.

Read more on this story in the April 29 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

Editor's note: The Journal's sister publication, the Hastings Star Gazette, contributed to this story.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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