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Man arrested after brandishing knife on Amtrak train

Kaitlyn Riley

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The Wisconsin State Patrol arrested a suspect accused of threatening Amtrak train employees with a knife Saturday night.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s office was alerted about a male on the train causing a disturbance around 6:46 p.m. Saturday. The suspect, Timothy Thomas, was supposedly brandishing a knife at Amtrak staff and tried to force entry into a secured portion of the train.

Staff stopped the train east of Oakdale. Thomas left the train on his own. The Wisconsin State Patrol found him walking westbound on Hwy. 12 and arrested him. Thomas was booked into the Monroe County Jail.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Canadian Pacific Police Service, and Amtrak Police are investigating the incident.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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