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Man who dumped beer on lawmaker turns himself in

Miles Kristan turning himself in Miles Kristan turning himself in
Rep. Robin Vos Rep. Robin Vos

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison man turned himself in Thursday night for pouring a beer over the head of Republican state Rep. Robin Vos.

26-year-old Miles Kristan walked into the police department downtown around 5:30 p.m.  He spoke with police officers, who gave him a ticket for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

Officers say Kristan dumped the beer over Vos' head Wednesday night while he was at the Inn on the Park with two other Republican lawmakers, Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder and Rep. John Nygren.

Kristan and a friend, CJ Terrell, have posted YouTube videos of themselves trying to get in contact with Rep. Vos, but they've been unsuccessful.  Terrell and several of Kristan's friends accompanied Kristan when he turned himself in.  Terrell then spoke to reporters. 

"I've been trying to talk to Robin Vos now for over a month.  I go to his office, I leave my information, and they keep saying he's going to call me back, but I get nothing. I see him in the street and I ask 'Hey Robin, why won't you talk to me?'... he pretends I don't exist.," Terrell said.

According to reports, Vos told police Kristan has been harassing him since February, but up until this point, it had only been verbal.

Vos' office sent this email statement Thursday night:

"While I have long been a proponent of free speech, it's a shame when the expression turns into criminal behavior.  Legislators are regularly harassed by certain protestors and this is an unfortunate reminder of what lawmakers have to put up with every day in Madison.  Hopefully, the protestors will realize this only hurts their cause with the public."   

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Police are searching for a man who dumped beer on Republican state Representative Robin Vos' head on Wednesday night.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. at Inn on the Park on Carroll Street.

Police did not identify Vos as the victim Thursday, but his office confirmed it was him. The beer splashed on Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, of Abbotsford, and Rep. John Nygren, of Marinette.

A bartender told police that the man yelled something like "Money" and "Damn Republicans" as he tossed the beer. Police say all three lawmakers told them the beer dumper swore at them and called them criminals.

The suspect ran off after the incident, but a Capitol employee in his group identified him. 

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