Prairie Du Chien restaurant burglarized, owner beaten

3 suspects arrested and charged in incident

Crawford County dispatch received a call Wednesday afternoon from a worker at a Prairie Du Chien Japanese Restaurant stating he found the restaurant owner unresponsive.

The Wasabi Japanese Restaurant owner Young Su Kim was found sitting in a chair unresponsive covered with blood when the worker arrived to open the restaurant.

The Crawford County Sheriff states it was clear that the restaurant had been burglarized and the owner Kim had been physically beaten.

Investigators processed the scene and gathered evidence which lead them to interviewing three persons of interest.

Jacob Erwin age 24 of Salem IL, Kellen Jeffords age 24 of Wamac IL, and Thomas Wilkins age 22 of Salem IL were all arrested and charged with numerous charges including Battery and Burglary.

All three worked for a company from Illinois called Rail Works, an iron working company which is sub contracted by BNSF railroad. The three were in Prairie du Chien working on the rails.

The three are currently in the Crawford County Jail with bonds ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.

Kim who was initially transported to Crossing Rivers Health was transported to a La Crosse Hospital via med-flight with severe head and brain trauma.

The initial appearance of the three suspects will be November 2.

The incident is still under investigation and more charges could be filed.

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