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Jenkins as for lower bond cash bond, after three-hour Onalaska standoff



The subject of a three-hour standoff with police in downtown Onalaska on Wednesday said he can’t afford to raise $50,000 to get out of jail.


Jarel Jenkins of La Crosse objected to the high cash bond set in court Thursday, following his arrest on outstanding warrants from other counties.

“I don’t have a job,” Jenkins told Judge Scott Horne in court Wednesday. “I don’t have anything, except the clothes that are on my back. The most I’d be able to come up with is maybe $5,000, and that’s if I sold all of my belongings and put together all my money.”

The La Crosse County District Attorney’s office asked for the high bond because Jenkins has been involved in “dangerous situations” and is accused of crimes involving guns.

A criminal complaint could be filed before Jenkins returns to court on Friday.

Horne said he’s prevented from letting Jenkins wear a GPS monitor.

“There was a unit that had been declared lost,” Horne said. “He must have cut it off in November of 2019, when he was serving a sentence.”

The Onalaska police department released more details about this week’s incident, which shut down part of Main Street.

They say all three men who were in the apartment where Jenkins was caught are facing outstanding arrest warrants, and all of them were taken to jail.

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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