2009-06-18 / Police Reports

Suspect In Bank Robbery Jumps Off Pa. Bridge, Dies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police say a man wanted in a series of robberies in Bucks County died after he jumped off a bridge over the Schuylkill River following more than four hours of negotiations.

Police say 29-year-old Michael Dixon of Williamstown, N.J., was pulled over on the bridge around 4:45 a.m. Saturday and climbed over the rail on the westbound side. Police spokesman Frank Vanore says told officers that he had "nothing to live for.''

Police say he started to climb back to safety three times, but jumped at 9:15 a.m. and landed on a concrete slab, and was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania shortly before 9:30 a.m.

Bensalem police said Dixon was a suspect in a bank robbery there Thursday. Police also said Dixon stole cash and a jar for charity donations from a Rita's Water Ice stand Tuesday.

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