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Police ID armed robbery suspect in Phoenix standoff

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Police officers and a sniper on a rooftop across the street wait outside a home where an armed robbery suspect was holed up Wednesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News) Police officers and a sniper on a rooftop across the street wait outside a home where an armed robbery suspect was holed up Wednesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix police have identified an armed robbery suspect who took his own life Wednesday morning following an hourslong standoff with officers.

Andrew Joseph Desgranges, 27, barricaded himself in his house after police said he robbed a Subway sandwich shop at gunpoint near Bell Road and Tatum Boulevard about 5 a.m., Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said.

He then took a cab to his home in the area of 42nd and Northern avenues, Holmes said.

The suspect's roommate, who owns the home, ran outside and told police Desgranges was still inside and armed, the spokesman said.

Detectives were able to determine Desgranges was the suspect of the armed robbery.

Police were not able to contact the suspect through most of the morning, but negotiators were eventually allowed in the house to talk with him. They were in the house when he shot himself, Holmes said.

Police dragged the man's body outside about 11:30 a.m.

SWAT members and a K-9 unit were also on the scene.

Holmes said the suspect had an extensive criminal history and committed a violent act, but still called the man's death sad.

"Yes, he's a suspect, but he's still a person," Holmes said, adding that the officers' goal is "no injury to anyone."

No police officer was hurt.

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