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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.


Police and courts reporter

Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at or 608-791-8224.

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He really wanted that multi-tool.

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