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West Salem man charged with forcing his way into a La Crosse home at gunpoint

West Salem man charged with forcing his way into a La Crosse home at gunpoint

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A West Salem man was accused Friday of forcing his way into a La Crosse home at gunpoint last month.

Demetrius K. Smith, 23, West Salem, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, pointing a firearm at another and disorderly conduct using a dangerous weapon in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Smith got into an altercation with another man Oct. 20 on the 1700 block of 30th Street South in La Crosse.

Demetrius Smith

Smith

He attempted to enter the man’s house while yelling, “Don’t touch my sister, I’ll (expletive) shoot you,” then drew a gun from his waistband, pointed the barrel at him and said, “You’re dead.”

Smith was convicted in 2015 of substantial battery, a felony, in Vernon County.

Judge Scott Horne ordered a $1,000 cash bond for Smith, saying if he posts the bond Smith will be required to adhere to a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, have no contact with the victims and submit to GPS monitoring with an exclusion zone.


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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or jvian@lacrossetribune.com.

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