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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A Dunn County judge has set bail at $10,000 cash for a 21-year-old man arrested in connection with armed robberies at Peoples State Bank in Boyceville and U-Fuel near Elk Mound.
Judge Rod Smeltzer set bail for David JR Hoffman at a hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court Monday, October 14.
Judge Smeltzer also scheduled Hoffman for an initial court appearance on Wednesday, October 16.
According to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, Hoffman was taken into custody October 11 following an armed robbery at U-Fuel, N5698 850th Street, which is located at Exit 52 at Interstate-94 and the U.S. Highway 12 interchange.
At nearly 1 p.m. Friday, October 11, the Dunn County Communication Center received a call about an armed robbery that had just occurred at U-Fuel.
Dunn County Deputies and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the scene.
The employee working at U-Fuel told law enforcement officers a man with a silver handgun and a blue bandana over his face had demanded money and then had left, southbound, on foot, according to the news release.
The U-Fuel employee identified the suspect from video surveillance obtained from a nearby business.
The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department sent the news release and the image to media outlets and also posted the news release and the image from the security video on social media and asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
By the time the man appeared on the security video, he had removed the blue bandana from his face.
Hoffman also is believed to be the suspect in an armed robbery at Peoples State Bank in Boyceville on the morning of Tuesday, October 1.
The suspect in the bank robbery was described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5’9”, stocky build and wearing a tan jacket over a gray hooded sweatshirt.
The suspect in the Peoples State Bank security video was wearing a bandana over his face, and after leaving the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, fled the scene on foot.
Canine units and Dunn County Sheriff’s Department drones were used to search the areas around Boyceville.
Tiffany Creek Elementary, Boyceville High School and Boyceville Middle School were placed on precautionary lock-down that morning but were released from lock-down at about 1:45 p.m. October 1.
“The Boyceville Police Department would like to thank the citizens who provided information to assist with our investigation. We especially want to thank the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI (for) their assistance in this case,” stated Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin in a news release.
In the news release distributed by the sheriff’s office, Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd also commended media outlets and the public for their assistance in sharing the information that resulted in Hoffman’s arrest.