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Suspect In Attack On Milwaukee Mayor Called A 'Desperate Man'

Second-day stories about the attack on Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett over the weekend are adding some details to what happened Saturday night at the State Fair and to the picture that's emerging about the suspect.

From Milwaukee, The Journal Sentinel writes of the suspect that:

Anthony J. Peters, 20, was arguing with his ex-girlfriend's mother, whose cries for help were answered by the mayor. Telling his sister to take his two young daughters out of harm's way, Barrett confronted the man and tried to calm him. When Barrett took out his cell phone, Peters attacked him (with a pipe), authorities said. ...

West Allis Police Chief Mike Jungbluth described Peters as a "desperate man" who had threatened to shoot himself and others. He had taken a cell phone from the woman who was trying to protect her 1-year-old granddaughter from Peters, the girl's father, police said.

Peters is now in custody. The mayor is in stable condition at a local hospital. He has a fractured hand and some head injuries.