Man arrested in La Crosse incident accused of threatening former employer

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A man arrested in La Crosse by several law enforcement agencies Wednesday was accused of threatening to eviscerate a former employer’s family, according to a criminal complaint.

Travis J. Householder, 38, was in La Crosse County Circuit Court Thursday where he was charged with stalking and telephone harassment, both as a repeat offender.

According to the criminal complaint, Householder was fired Tuesday, and that afternoon he began to call his former employer in West Salem and text the human resources director threatening messages.

“I did not deserve to get fired you deserve to watch your family as they are eviscerated,” Householder texted, according to the complaint.

The victim called Householder and Householder doubled down on the threats, according to the complaint.

Householder was arrested Wednesday by the Wisconsin State Patrol, La Crosse Police Department and West Salem Police Department. During the incident, a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper shot him with a Taser and a La Crosse police officer hit him with a less-lethal bean bag.

Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance took Householder, who was arrested in the 1100 block of Fifth Avenue South, to a hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He then was taken to the La Crosse County Jail.

Householder has a lengthy criminal history, including a felony conviction for fifth offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and misdemeanor convictions for criminal damage to property, fourth-degree sexual assault and bail jumping.

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