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Car theft charge dismissed but 18-year-old La Crosse man still accused of robbery



An 18-year-old from La Crosse will not be charged with stealing his ex-girlfriend’s car.


Ronald Crosby, jr., could, however, still be tried for robbery and other crimes, resulting from a fight with his ex last month.

At a pretrial hearing Monday, La Crosse police officer Dominic Jacobs testified about Crosby’s alleged attack on the victim, in order to get the car keys.

“I think she indicated he had pulled her down to the ground by her hair and kicked her, at which point she eventually released the keys,” he said in court.

Judge Gloria Doyle ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Crosby with stealing the car.

“There’s not probable cause as to taking the vehicle without the owners consent,” she told the court. “It appears that one call from Passion caused the return of this vehicle and he had had the right to drive it in the past.”

Passion is the ex-girlfriend’s mother. Police say the alleged robbery occurred in late November.

The county recently dismissed charges implicating Crosby in a alleged gang rape last year at a south La Crosse garage.

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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