LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UPDATE: The man accused of attempted homicide in the beating of another man early Sunday morning is jailed on a $250,000 cash bond.
According to La Crosse Police, Thomas Beitlich turned himself in to the department early Tuesday afternoon. He was accompanied with his attorney.
Beitlich is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home early Sunday morning and severely beating a man who was there. He fled the home following the attack that left the man with several skull fractures. The criminal complaint said that a doctor told investigators that if the man survives, he will have serious brain injuries.
Beitlich appeared in court Tuesday afternoon for an initial appearance. In court, District Attorney Tim Gruenke said it's unclear if the victim will survive and Beitlich could face a charge of first degree intentional homicide. Gruenke also says he faces potential stalking and burglary charges.
Beitlich will be in court again October 25 for a preliminary hearing.
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – La Crosse Police are looking for an attempted homicide suspect after he severely beat a man early Sunday morning.
Police have a $250,000 cash bond warrant out for Thomas J. Beitlich, 31, for Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide and Use of a Dangerous Weapon.
Around 2:50 a.m. Sunday, Beitlich broke into his ex-girlfriend's house at 1502 Ferry St. and repeatedly hit a 33-year-old man with a blunt object, police said.
Police don't know what that object is, but it left the victim in critical condition with 15 to 20 cuts to his head and a possible skull fracture. He is still in the hospital as of Monday evening.
"(Beitlich) obviously picked this house because it was his ex-girlfriend's house. You know, obviously picked his victim that he went after," Lt. Pat Hogan said.
Beitlich fled from the house before police arrived, but investigators said Beitlich has ties to the Vernon County and is believed to still be in the La Crosse area.
Neighbor Matt Paulson didn't see much Sunday morning, but he never saw much of his neighbor.
"My wife woke up because one of our dogs was barking a little and we saw the red and blue lights coming through the windows," Paulson said.
Paulson, who's lived next door to 1502 Ferry St. for about three years, said he's gone through a few cycles of neighbors.
"It seems like there's someone different there almost every year," he said.
But even with Sunday's attack, he believes he and his family are safe.
"'Cause it wasn't a random act of violence. It was a personal thing," Paulson said.
La Crosse Police ask anyone with information regarding Beitlich's whereabouts to call the La Crosse Police Department at (608) 785-5962.
Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 784-8477, text laxtips at Crimes (274-637), or submit a tip online at www.lacrossecrimestoppers.com.
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