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Thomas ordered to go on trial for attempted holdup of jackpot winners at La Crosse bar

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A La Crosse man will be scheduled for trial on charges of attempting to rob a couple who had won money at a local bar, and for injuring other people during a fight.

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Samuel Thomas is accused of pointing a BB gun at the couple and demanding money from them, after they won $4,300 in an April drawing at Cheap Andy’s bar on South Avenue in La Crosse.

After hearing testimony from a La Crosse police investigator, Judge Gloria Doyle in court Monday found probable cause to try Thomas for attempted armed robbery and substantial battery.

Onlookers tried to intervene during the ordeal. Three three men were hurt while trying to capture Thomas, including one of the intended robbery victims, who had offered Thomas $50 of the prize money.

Thomas got away but was later arrested at a house.

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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