Connect with us

Local News

After threatening to shoot a woman in Onalaska, police find suspect a week later in La Crescent



33-year-old has slew of charges including
possessing explosives, possession of firearm.

He was wanted for over a week stemming from an incident where he threatened to shoot a woman outside Festival Foods in Onalaska. 

Eight days later, Joshua Kletzke was still in the area, partying at a house in La Crescent, where he was eventually arrested.

Police credit a tip from its Facebook post for leading them to the home on Wednesday night. 

The 33-year-old had actually fled the house on foot when police arrived, but he was caught a few blocks away without incident.

He’s got a slew of charges to answer for from the Onalaska incident, including possessing explosives, resisting arrest and possession of a firearm. He picked up four more for Houston County on Wednesday.

Eventually, Kletzke will be sent to La Crosse County jail for the Jan. 17 incident in Onalaska.

Around 4:30 p.m. that afternoon, Onalaska police were sent to Festival, where Kletzke was allegedly angry and threatening to shoot a woman acquaintance.

When police arrived, Kletzke had fled in a car that was later spotted stuck in a snowbank on the 800 block of 11th Ave. S. – Kletzke nowhere to be found.

Police searched several hours looking for him with no luck. They did recover a firearm and electrical weapon from the scene.

Police credit a tip from its Facebook post that eventually led them to arrest Kletzke in La Crescent eight days later.

Along with four charges in Houston County, Kletzke is also accused of possession of explosives, resisting/obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and a parole violation from the La Crosse County sheriff’s office. From Onalaska’s police dept., he’s charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and meth, along with felony possession of a firearm.


Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *