A possible bank robbery — or potentially an attempted suicide-by-police — was thwarted today (Tuesday) at BMO Harris Bank, 333 Blackburn St.

   Following multiple 911 calls as the incident was in progress, a 36-year-old Ripon man has been taken into custody.

   His identity has not yet been released since charges have not yet been filed.

   Ripon Police and the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department were alerted to the attempted robbery at 11:03 a.m. via 911 calls reporting “a possible robbery in progress,” according to a press release from the Ripon Police Department.

   An alarm was received from the bank as well.

   “Multiple persons reported a male entering the bank dressed in black with a mask covering his face, a dark head covering and sunglasses, and making statements to the bank employees about money,” according to the release. “The subject further made comments to employees about wanting the responding police to shoot or kill him.”

   Despite such comments, officers were able to take the man into custody upon arrival.

   UPDATE, 2 PM: Police now have confirmed that the suspect allegedly had a knife on him, though police currently don't believe he brandished it during the incident. 

   He remains in custody this afternoon, and the investigation into the situation continues.

See the full story, including an interview with a witness, in the June 13, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.