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California man drugged, killed

May 27, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A dazed American tourist was killed by a train after he drank a cappuccino laced with drugs and then was robbed, Italian railway police said.

Frank Phel, 74, of California died early Friday at suburban Rome's Tiburtina station, police official Giovanni Piccolantonio said. Phel's hometown was not disclosed.

The robbery suspect, a 54-year-old Italian man arrested Saturday, had fetched Phel and his wife cappuccinos at a local cafe, Piccolantonio said.

The robbery was filmed by security cameras nearby, Piccolantonio said. Footage from other cameras showed the man stumbling near the tracks, where he ended up. His wife was briefly hospitalized.

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