La Crosse man held on $100k cash bond in trail attack

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — A La Crosse man accused of attacking a woman Monday afternoon on a walking trail near Gundersen Health System will remain jailed on a $100,000 cash bond.

Joseph A. Grzegorek, 25, was charged Wednesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court with kidnapping and attempted second-degree sexual assault using force.

According to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday, a woman was walking down the trail when she passed Grzegorek. At first, she didn’t look twice, but then began hearing running footsteps behind her. She tried to run away, but was stopped by Grzegorek wrapping his arms around her and attempting to cover her mouth with his hand while she yelled for help.

The victim told police Grzegorek pulled her to the ground, then began dragging her toward the river while she was kicking and screaming. He then let go and the woman ran away. He followed until two other people appeared to help, according to the criminal complaint.

The woman had never seen Grzegorek before and said she was afraid for her life during the incident.

According to the complaint, Grzegorek told police they got tangled up when he bumped into her, but he didn’t attack her.

Prosecutor Megan Gomez asked Judge Ramona Gonzalez for a high cash bond, saying it was necessary to protect the public.

“Given the attack on a stranger in broad daylight, we think cash is appropriate,” Gomez said.

Public defender Rachel Krueger argued for a signature bond, pointing to Grzegorek’s lack of criminal history. She said there was nothing in his history that indicated he would not appear in court.

Gonzalez ordered the cash bond. Grzegorek remains in the La Crosse County Jail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 31.

Read the criminal complaint here: Criminal Complaint – County_1 – Grzegorek, Joseph A

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