JUNEAU — A 42-year-old Beaver Dam man charged with the armed robbery at Associated Bank in Beaver Dam in October was bound over for trial Thursday.
Kenneth M. Asboth Jr. is charged with armed robbery with the threat of force as a repeat offender. He could face up to 40 years in prison and a fine of $100,000 if convicted of the charge.
Judge Andrew Bissonnette ruled that there was cause to believe that a felony had probably been committed. An arraignment was scheduled for March 6.
According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 13 at 12:50 p.m., officers were called for an armed robbery at Associated Bank, 201 Park Ave., that had happened approximately 10 minutes prior. The suspect was described as a white man around five foot six inches tall and weighing around 170 pounds. Officers were told that the man was wearing a blue fleece jacket with a colts emblem and had fled south on foot. He had taken $1,300. A K-9 unit was called in to attempt to track the man.
The complaint states three employees were in the bank at the time of the robbery. The man walked up to one of the employees, pulled a gun from his pocket, handed her a plastic shopping bag and told her to put all the money in the bag. The employee did what the man asked, estimating the entire incident only took between 15 and 20 seconds.
According to the complaint, the other employees noticed the man and said he looked suspicious. About a week later, one of the employees identified Asboth from a photo array.
Asboth is in custody on a $200,000 cash bail.
District attorney Kurt Klomberg asked for the bail, which he called a significant amount, citing Asboth’s record as reason. Klomberg told the court that Asboth has had 29 criminal convictions since 1993; 25 were misdemeanors and four were felonies.