NEW INFORMATION: Suspect arrested in La Crosse robbery

LA CROSSE, Wis. (LA CROSSE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- Arrested; Anthony TJ Smith DOB 5/10/1994 of 1918 Prospect St La Crosse, WI

Anthony TJ Smith was arrested early this morning after several tips were received about the identity of the suspect in this crime. Smith was taken into custody early this morning and is being held in the La Crosse County Jail on 1 count of Robbery-943.32 (1) (a) and is expected to be in court later today.

It should be noted that several tips were received from the public through the Crime Stoppers program and by citizens contacting our department about the possible identity of this suspect. Our Officers and Investigators immediately followed-up with this information and we were able to locate the suspect and take him into custody. The suspect has admitted he was responsible for this crime.
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The La Crosse Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Clark Station, 2308 Rose St in the City of La Crosse today.

La Crosse Police were called at 2:52PM by the clerk/owner of the Clark Station whom reported a robbery. The clerk reported a white male suspect had entered the store and came up to the counter to purchase an item. The suspect then came towards the clerk, pushing him away from the cash register and grabbed money that was out behind the counter. The suspect then fled the store on foot. Witnesses outside observed the suspect fleeing from the store and observed him throw an item under a dumpster and run off on foot. Officers recovered a weapon at the scene. The clerk/owner was not injured in this robbery and there was one other customer in the store at the time.

La Crosse Police officers arrived on scene in less than 2 minutes, secured the scene while other officers began searching for the suspect, checking on other businesses and reviewing security cameras in the area. We have obtained store security video of the suspect and we are looking for help from the public in identifying the suspect in this crime.

Suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’7” and thin build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black stocking cap, sunglasses, dark colored pants and black shoes with white stripes.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the La Crosse Police Department at 608-785-5962 or La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers @ 608-784-TIPS. You also can text “LAXTIPS” and your tip to 274637("Crimes") or visit www.lacrossecrimestoppers.com to report it online.

Tipsters can remain anonymous.


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