Prosecutors charged a Cashton man Tuesday with cutting a security guard at Menards in La Crosse with a knife.
The store’s assistant manager told police Joshua Clark cut the guard with a pocket knife during a struggle inside the loss prevention room after they caught him stealing a multi-tool on Wednesday, according to the complaint filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
The manager fled the room when Clark threatened to have a gun and held the door shut while Clark and the guard were inside, the complaint stated.
Clark slipped out the door when a La Crosse police officer opened it to let the guard escape. He fought arrest before police found two knives in his pockets and a third on the floor of the loss prevention room.
The security guard was treated with stitches to his hand.
Clark, 30, is charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety and substantial battery, both with use of a dangerous weapon, retail theft and carrying a concealed knife, all as a repeat offender.