Dahl YMCA vandalism suspect turns himself in

The man who reportedly vandalized the Dahl Family YMCA branch has turned himself in to authorities.

According to La Crosse Police reports, Peyton D. Nett, 19, turned himself in over the weekend after friends alerted him to the video and photos released from the YMCA break-in on October 11.

Nett told police he had no memory of the incident. He admitted to having four to five drinks at a friends home Thursday afternoon, then continued drinking downtown at a few bars. Nett told authorities that he blacked out and has no memory of vandalizing the YMCA building.

Nett woke up in his apartment Friday morning, attended class at UW-La Crosse then traveled to his parents home in Fond du lac, Wisconsin for the weekend. While at home, Nett received messages from friends informing him that he was in the video and photos released from the YMCA incident.

Nett and his mother contacted the Fond du lac Police Department, who then contacted the La Crosse Police Dispatch.

Nett returned to La Crosse on October 13 and turned himself in to the La Crosse Police Department. He is facing Felony Criminal Damage to Property and Burglary charges.

Nett was released on a signature bond.


According to La Crosse police, officers were called to the YMCA at 4:30 a.m. for a report of vandalism. After reviewing video from the YMCA, law enforcement determined a window on the West Avenue side of the building was broken at approximately 2:15 a.m. The suspect, a white male, was wearing a maroon UW-La Crosse Alumni shirt. There is quite a bit of damage throughout the building. YMCA staff members are doing an inventory to see if anything was stolen from the Branch.

Below is the video released by the La Crosse Police Department.

* Story updated with the proper spelling of Peyton Nett. The story was originally published with the incorrect spelling, Payton.

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