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'Vampire' attacks concert tour bus in La Crosse

By Martha Boehm, mboehm@wkbt.com
Published On: May 15 2013 04:48:30 PM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 06:52:42 AM CDT

Scott Mehtala

LA CROSSE, Wis. -

La Crosse police arrested a 23-year-old man who said he was a vampire and allegedly attacked a tour bus with a wooden street barricade late Tuesday night.

Police were called to 200 Jay Street at about 9:50 p.m. for a battery complaint. When they arrived, police found several people holding down Scott Mehtala "due to him being very disorderly and causing a disturbance," the police report states.

Witnesses told police Mehtala smashed the tour bus window of the musical group "American Fangs" with a street barricade and also struck a band member in the face, causing a chipped tooth and an injury that needed stitches. The report states when police asked what his involvement was in the incident he said, "I am a vampire." When police asked whether Mehtala had consumed any drugs, he said he took heroin. But when asked when he took it, Mehtala denied taking drugs.

Before this incident occurred, Mehtala told police had left the concert that was held at the La Crosse Center. Mehtala said he saw "vampires" on the street who later attacked him and that he was going to "hit" one of them, the report states. Police arrested Mehtala for substantial battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.  

While on the way to the La Crosse County Jail, Mehtala told police he feared he would be attacked by vampires. Mehtala also told police he thought he was in Superior, Wisconsin, which is where he lives. Mehtala's preliminary breath test was .128.

La Crosse police say Mehtala is also linked to an incident that happened earlier Tuesday night. A woman reported that someone broke off the mirror on her mother’s vehicle that was parked on the 300 block of Main Street.

While police were talking to the woman who called in the incident, a man came up to them and explained a man had come into a tavern earlier that night who appeared to be under the influence and was holding the side mirror of a car. He told people in the bar he was a vampire and talked about a motorcycle that was damaged outside. Police recovered the broken mirror, which matched the woman's car, from a trash can. La Crosse police requested an additional charge of criminal damage to property be added to Mehtala's charges.

On Wednesday afternoon, a La Crosse County judge set a $150 cash bond for Mehtala's disorderly conduct charge; $200 cash bonds for each criminal damage to property charge; and no bond for Mehtala's substantial battery- intend bodily harm charge.

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