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Armed robbery and stalking cases lead to local arrests

Brad Williams

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Charges of armed robbery and battery are being filed against a man accused of beating up a homeless person in Cameron Park, and stealing the victim’s coat. 

La Crosse police say security video showed 35-year-old Christopher Benson hitting a man in the park with a large wooden club early Saturday morning, and then stealing that man’s coat.  

Police found Benson nearby after the attack, and ordered him to drop the club, or he might be bitten by a K-9 officer. 

Benson was subdued with a shot from a Taser gun.  He faces a robbery charge as a repeater. 

A cash bond has been set for Benson, who is being ordered not to carry any kind of weapon.  

Also in La Crosse County court, a man from Tomah is being charged with stalking a woman who recently worked at the La Crosse public library. 

Steven Jacobs is suspected of stalking and harassing the victim repeatedly during the past year, sometimes sending her sexually explicit e-mails. 

Jacobs has been a frequent visitor to the library.  The victim says on one occasion, she objected to Jacobs taking a picture of her on his cellphone. 

According to court records, Jacobs turns 70 years old 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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