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Lawyer's leap adds to puzzle
On the fifth floor, ‘it was just like a linebacker charged'

By Augie Frost and Ken Raymond Modified: September 28, 2007 at 1:41 am •  Published: September 28, 2007
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Building's roof broke fall

Whetsel said it did not appear the attorney was trying to push the deputy from the ledge, but he nearly did.

Behlen fell about 30 feet onto the roof of a nearby two-story building. After falling, he was conscious and coherent.

Behlen was due in court at 3 p.m. Thursday for a detention hearing on federal robbery and firearm charges filed last week. On Monday, prosecutors asked a magistrate judge in Oklahoma City to keep him in jail pending trial, contending he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.

But sometime before his scheduled court appearance, Behlen — who was being held in the Oklahoma County jail — stabbed himself in the neck with a pencil, said Mark Myers, sheriff's spokesman. Behlen was taken to OU Medical Center for treatment.

At some point, Behlen locked out the deputy who was guarding him, Myers said.

The window does not open easily but was not locked, in case it was needed as a fire exit, said Poston, the hospital spokesman.

Who is Robert Behlen?
Behlen is a partner in the law firm of Behlen, Bentwood & Luther in Oklahoma City. He was arrested Sept. 18 after a bizarre armed robbery of the Barrett Drug Center, 410 W Edmond Road.

Authorities accuse Behlen of entering the pharmacy armed with a .22-caliber handgun three times, demanding narcotic drugs and threatening everyone inside. According to a federal court document, more than 1,600 pills were found in the front seat of Behlen's white sport utility vehicle after his arrest.

Edmond police used a Taser on him during his arrest.

Contributing: Staff Writers

Jim Killackey and Jay Marks

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