There has been a little crime wave in LaCrosse, Wisconsin this holiday season. All three of the alleged perpetrators are members of the American Outlaws Association.
LaCrosse is a college town in Southwestern Wisconsin. LaCrosse also features three breweries.
Additionally, LaCrosse has a fine daily newspaper called the LaCrosse Tribune. The Tribune has been diligently reporting these troubling events.
Desperado Number One
Paul Wenzel was arrested in the middle of the month after being observed wearing an “Outlaws hat.” Wenzel was also accused of being “with a man believed to be associated with the Outlaws.” Wenzel is on supervised probation and the hat is a probation violation.
Wenzel and an alleged club brother pled guilty to charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct last October. He was sentenced to two years probation. The two men also pled guilty to felony armed robbery with use of force but that charge will be dismissed if Wenzel successfully completes his probation and gives Wisconsin 100 hours of community service.
Wenzel was accused of shoving a Hells Angels supporter into a tattoo parlor last February and cutting the man’s support patches off his denim vest.
Desperados Two And Three
Two additional members of the Outlaws, Samuel Keller and Adam Baumgartner, also had an unfortunate encounter with local police last month. The two were drunk at 2:30 a.m. on December 30 in a bar called SawTooth Sam’s Saloon. SawTooth Sam’s features all you can drink for $11 nights.
Apparently, management asked the two men to leave even though they thought they could still drink more. Keller, for example, had a mere 0.17 blood alcohol level while Baumgartner blew 0.18. Police allege that Keller pulled a knife on a bouncer and shouted “Nobody touches my cut” when the bouncer attempted to show the two men to the door. Keller told police that no one asked him to leave and that he never threatened anybody. Baumgartner corroborated Keller’s statements.
A search at the time of the arrest recovered five one gram baggies of cocaine in Keller’s possession. No attempt has yet been made to determine who planted the cocaine on Keller. Police allege he was also carrying two knives. Baumgartner was accused of having a loaded pistol in his vest.
Keller was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. Baumgartner was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a handgun where alcohol is sold. Police confiscated the cocaine, the gun, the knives and both men’s cuts.