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Suspect Charged With Two Fall Holdups

Brad Williams

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HE WAS ALREADY CHARGED WITH THE ARMED HOLDUP OF A POPULAR LA CROSSE ICE CREAM STORE…

NOW, JUSTIN PURDY IS THE SUSPECT IN ANOTHER ARMED ROBBERY THAT HAPPENED TWO WEEKS LATER IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD. THE FIRST ROBBERY OCCURRED OCTOBER 20TH AT RANISON ICE CREAM ON 16TH STREET…WHILE THE SECOND WAS AT THE BEAD SHOPPE IN NEARBY JACKSON PLAZA ON NOVEMBER 4TH. PURDY WAS BROUGHT TO COURT A WEEK AFTER THE BEAD SHOPPE HOLDUP TO FACE A CHARGE IN THE RANISON ROBBERY. ANALYSIS OF D-N-A FROM A SHIRT AND GLOVE FOUND NEAR THE BEAD SHOPPE LED POLICE TO PURDY. HE MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON THE NEW CHARGE ON FRIDAY. PURDY’S BOND IS 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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