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La Crosse man charged with hitting woman during Pearl Street fight

Brad Williams

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A bride and groom who say they were attacked by two men in downtown La Crosse this weekend claim they were singled out by their assailants because of race. 

The newlyweds are white, and the two men accused of attacking them are black. 

Twenty-four-year-old Tyrone Johnson is accused of punching the woman, leaving her with a broken eye socket and broken nose. 

A criminal complaint says the woman apparently was knocked down to the ground Saturday night outside Brothers Bar on Pearl Street, while still in her wedding dress.

The woman had multiple injuries on her face, as she and her husband spoke by Zoom at Johnson’s initial court appearance on Monday.

“It was our wedding day that day, and he just picked us out of the crowd because it was our wedding day, and we were white,” the woman said. “He doesn’t deserve to walk the streets, especially if he does this to me, what other women has he done it to?”

Johnson was released from jail on a $5000 signature bond.

Judge Elliott Levine placed Johnson under house arrest, meaning he can only leave home to go to work, and cannot go to any bars.

The second suspect in the attack, Walter Walker, is accused of firing a gun as he left the scene of the incident on Saturday night. 

No injuries were reported from the gunfire, and Walker has not been arrested yet.        

A third person facing charges in the case, Jennifer Hendricks, remains in jail and is scheduled in court on Tuesday.  

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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    Kristi

    July 21, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Shouldn’t they be charged with a hate crime or is that reserved for white people?

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    Andras Boros-Kazai, Ph.D. History

    July 23, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Why is the David Navarro hate crime ignored, marginalized or covered up?

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    Thomas Letz

    July 24, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Wasn’t the groom wearing a Trump shirt and screaming White Lives Matter??????

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    Steven Payne

    July 25, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Thank god the whole thing was caught on video because that white lady is a god dam lier! In the video the white man is walking down the streets shouting white lives matter, his wife in a wedding dress is throwing up, being sick and then hitting people with a high heeled shoe.

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