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Police looking for attempted murder suspect in La Crosse

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Police are looking for the man who they say is responsible in an attempted homicide.

The La Crosse Police Department said they’re trying to find 31-year-old Thomas Beitlich of Madison

Police said Beitlich has ties to Vernon County, and they think he’s in the La Crosse area.

The La Crosse Police Department said officers were called to 1502 Ferry Street just before 3:00 Sunday morning.

They say 31-year-old Thomas Beitlich broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home where she was with 33-year-old Terrance Callahan.

Police said Beitlich took a blunt object, and hit Callahan numerous times before fleeing.

“It is very disturbing, especially this is kind of a domestic violence incident, so domestic violence sometimes can be serious, and we take them serious all the times,” said Lt. Patrick Hogan.

Matt Paulson lives next door.

He said it’s shocking to hear about what happened.

“It’s very surprising. Generally we live in, this is a pretty quiet neighborhood, and the fact that something like that happened is very unusual,” said Paulson.

Paulson said despite what happened, he feels safe.

He also said he didn’t really know anyone who lived there.

“They really kept to themselves, when I did see them we might wave or something, but that was about the extent of it,” said Paulson.

Police said Callahan has 15 to 20 cuts to his head.

A criminal complaint said a doctor told police Callahan had several skull fractures and lost a lot of blood.

The complaint also said Callahan will have serious brain injuries if he survives.

If you have any information, call the La Crosse Police Department at 608-785-5962 or the La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at 608-784-8477.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (LA CROSSE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- The La Crosse Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Thomas J. Beitlich (04/24/1982) who is wanted on a $250,000 cash bond warrant for Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide and Use of a Dangerous Weapon.

On 10/06/2013 at 2:54 AM the La Crosse Police Department was dispatched to 1502 Ferry Street for an incident in which Mr. Beitlich broke into his ex-girlfriends (Amanda Eklov) residence, hit the victim (Terrance Callahan) numerous times with a blunt object and then fled the scene. The victim is currenlty at a local hospital in critical condition with between 15-20 lacerations to his head area and possible skull fracture.

Thomas has ties to the Vernon County area and is believed to still be in the La Crosse area region.

Anyone with information regarding Thomas Beitlich location is asked to please contact the La Crosse Police Department at (608) 785-5962.


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