Holmen man charged with armed robbery

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A Holmen man was charged Monday with armed robbery with threat of force, according to a criminal complaint.

Alan R. Fry, 35, robbed the My Place Bar at 3201 South Ave. in La Crosse on April 25, authorities said.

Fry entered the bar through the back door and asked the bartender, Irene Keenen, and the other patrons to give him their phones and money, according to authorities.

Keenen said Fry was holding a shotgun when he went behind the bar and attempted to open the cash register. He put the gun in Keenen's face and demanded the money, police said. Keenen opened the cash register and Fry took approximately $700 and walked out of the bar and drove off in his truck, authorities said. 

The truck was described as a dark blue or black pickup truck or SUV that was very dirty and covered in mud. 

An officer spotted a dark-colored Chevrolet Silverado with dirt covering the driver's side door at about 11:15 p.m. April 25. The officer followed the truck and turned on his emergency lights and sirens. The driver of the truck stopped at a stop sign, but then accelerated, with the officer in pursuit.

At times during the chase, the truck's headlights were turned off and speeds were estimated at close to 100 mph, police said.

The Vernon County sheriff's deputies captured Fry near Norseman Road in Vernon County.

A crowbar, $460 in cash and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun were found in the truck after authorities obtained a search warrant, police said.

Bond was set at $50,000 with next court date set for May 4.

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