VIROQUA — A 43-year-old Viroqua man was arrested for attempted armed robbery after wearing a bandanna over his face and demanding a pack of cigarettes at about 5 p.m. Friday at a Kwik Trip in Viroqua.
Viroqua Police Chief Daron Jefson said the store's employees “were scared out of their minds” by Alan J. Abt, who stayed in the store about five minutes, made menacing gestures and at one point attempted to get behind the counter.
The incident occurred at a time when the store is at its busiest and the incident left employees “still shaking half-an-hour later,” Jefson said.
Abt was arrested at his home a short time later for attempted armed robbery and resisting an officer.
Jefson said police did not recover a weapon when Abt was picked up, although witness from the store say Abt kept moving his hands in his pockets as if he had a pistol or weapon.
Jefson said that although Abt had been drinking alcohol, it's not known whether he was legally under the influence at the time of his arrest. Abt was in Vernon County Jail today pending a bond hearing.
Abt does not have a criminal record in Wisconsin, and he did not ask for anything in the store other than cigarettes. Jefson called the incident “very odd.”