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La Crosse police arrested a Tigerton, Wis., man with a lengthy criminal record early Saturday after finding him looking into a window of a residence near the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Patrick Henke mug

Henke

A plain-clothes officer was on foot patrol as part of a special assignment in response to prowler complaints when he noticed a man lying on the ground by a basement window in the 200 block of North 22nd Street, according to a police report.

When the officer shined a flashlight on him, the suspect got up and walked to the rear of the yard, ignoring commands to stop. The officer later saw him speed off in a black minivan.

Another officer stopped the van at Hwy. 16 and Hwy. B.

The driver, identified as 61-year-old Patrick Henke, appeared nervous, provided a false name and said he was coming from two different locations on French Island. According to the report, Henke said he was going to return a ladder in his van to his mother’s home in Tigerton.

Henke was arrested on suspicion of invasion of privacy, obstructing police, disorderly conduct and driving after revocation. He is also being held on a probation violation.

According to court records, Henke was released from prison in 2016 after serving time for a 2013 drunken driving conviction in La Crosse County court.

In 2004 Henke was charged with fourth degree sexual assault after a woman said he sat down next to her outside her Denton Street home and attempted to touch her breast. That charge was dismissed when he later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and drunken driving.

Henke pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious behavior in 1996.

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Clarification

Peeping Tom, British legendary character. According to popular legend, Tom was a prying tailor who was struck blind (or, in some versions, struck dead) as he watched Lady Godiva when she rode naked through the streets of Coventry, England, as a protest against the heavy taxes imposed upon the citizens of Coventry.

Hey19

He's lucky he was only stopped by a cop, and not greeted in a basement by a "Dirty Harry," who perhaps lives in the neighborhood with his friends, Smith and Wesson, who aren't just gonna let him walk out of there. Just sayin...

lutefisk

well if you had a nice place to go like pure pleasure or Best Buy we wouldn't have these things. We can't have nice things in Lacrosse

Slider

Since this is LaCrosse county, he will out peeping in no time.

canman

If this 61 year old man walks away from Officer, what king of shape is this cop in?

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