TEMPE, AZ - A Phoenix-based TV pitchman who failed to show for his arraignment may have tried to kill himself after living in a Valley gym for a day and a half, officials said.
U.S. Marshal David Gonzales said that Marshals found pitchman Donald Lapre Thursday near the Lifetime Fitness at Priest Drive and Warner Road in Tempe with very deep cuts in his groin area.
Marshals believe Lapre was trying to kill himself by cutting his femoral artery after living inside the gym for a day and a half, Gonzales said.
Lapre underwent emergency surgery and is now at a hospital where he was arraigned, Gonzales said.
Gonzales said investigators found Lapre’s sister and associates in a car leaving the gym and pulled them over to find Lapre inside.
Lapre is charged with running a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses.
The scheme defrauded at least 220,000 people of nearly $52 million.
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