UPDATE: Menomonie man arrested and charged, accused of sexually assaulting victim

Published: Mar. 30, 2021 at 2:45 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A Menomonie man is arrested and charged after an investigation by the Eau Claire Police Department says he choked and sexually assaulted a woman.

“These types of incidents should never happen, unfortunately the ugly truth is, they do happen,” says Eau Claire police Department Deputy Chief Derek Thomas.

The police department was recently contacted by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted.

The reported incident happened March 17 and the victim claims the assault happened by a man claiming to be an Uber driver.

“The female victim reported that she was picked up by an unknown male person who said that he was there because her friends wanted him to pick her up, which was not true,” Thomas says.

The suspect is identified as 28-year-old Larry Young of Menomonie.

Once Young picked up the victim, Thomas says he then drove to a group of storage units off of Craig Road.

Authorities allege this is where Young tried to sexually assault his victim.

“She was able to fend him off, get out of the car, and run off at that point,” Thomas says.

He says footage from public space cameras was used to track Young driving up and down Water Street throughout the night of the 17th and following the victim.

“The information we had was unusual.”

Young was arrested last Friday, thanks in part to further investigation.

“The patrol officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle, and decided to put undercover female officers on Water Street,” Thomas says. “They were contacted by Larry Young multiple times throughout the course of the night asking whether or not they wanted a ride home, if they had a boyfriend.”

This pattern prompted ECPD to contact other area law enforcement agencies.

Thomas says the department had not received any similar reports prior to this incident.

According to the national sexual violence resource center only 25% of sexual assaults were reported to police in 2018.

“If everyone who was impacted by this violence were to report, these numbers would actually be significantly higher,” says Grace, a Sexual Assault Advocate with the Family Support Center in Chippewa Falls

She says not all who experience sexual violence report or reach out for help and she offers support to those victims.

“Victims and survivors are never at fault for the behaviors that other people choose to inflict upon them and that Family Support Center and CASA, we’re here, and we’re ready to listen.”

The state had requested a $5,000 cash bond, but the judge in Tuesday’s initial appearance set a $1,000 bond and that was posted.

He is not to have any contact with the victim or Water Street in Eau Claire between 2nd and 7th Avenue.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 12.


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A Menomonie man has been arrested and charged after being accused of offering a woman a ride to her hotel, stopping to sexually assault her.

Court records show Larry Young, 28, has been charged with stalking-resulting in bodily harm, strangulation and suffocation, attempted second degree sexual assault and fourth degree sexual assault.

Deputy Chief of Eau Claire Police Derek Thomas says they took a report from a victim who was assaulted by an unknown male, later identified as Young, on March 17. The victim told officials Young had contacted her on Water Street and offered to give her a ride to her hotel, Super 8. He drove the victim but stopped and then choked and sexually assaulted her.

Thomas adds that on March 26, officers observed Young in his vehicle driving in the downtown area of Eau Claire. He was not seen entering any bars but was watching females that were alone.

The criminal complaint says when interviewed, Young stated he was going to give the victim a ride to her hotel at her request. He says he stopped at the Locked and Loaded Storage Units to retrieve a blanket since he rents there. When he got there, he said he did not have his keys for the unit. He denied touching the victim and said she got out of his car and walked away and he did not know why.

Eau Claire County court records show a $1,000 was posted on Tuesday. Young is not to have any contact with the victim or Water Street in Eau Claire, between 2nd Avenue and 7th Avenue.

**ATTENTION** Please see the following media release in regards to a sexual assault that occurred on March 17th, 2021 in...

Posted by Eau Claire Police Department on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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