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Suspect in Madison stabbing serving sentence for violent crime

MADISON (WKOW) – State and Dane County records show the suspect in the near-fatal stabbing of a Madison man continues to serve a sentence for a violent crime after being released from prison.

Authorities say the 40-year old victim of Sunday’s attack in a home on Midvale Blvd., near Odana Road, barely escaped a fatal wound.

A search warrant affidavit that supports the obtaining of the suspect’s DNA states a Madison Police officer was at UW Hospital after the violence and “…she learned from UW Hospital surgeons that (victim) had two deep stabs to this (sic) abdomen, with one nearly missing his heart by a small margin.”

Madison Police officials say the suspect was one of the victim’s house mates.

“(Suspect) was holding a pairing knife over his head and swung it towards (victim), five or six times,” the affidavit states.

The affidavit says a witness heard the victim yell “…you are going to kill me.”

A friend of the victim says the man remains hospitalized.  No information from hospital officials on his condition was available Wednesday.

Records show the suspect was convicted in 2015 of felony battery to law enforcement officers, firefighters or wardens and sentenced to probation.  Records state the man’s probation was revoked in 2016 and he was sent to prison for an 18 month term.

The suspect’s criminal history also includes convictions for burglary and car theft, and a 2016 felony battery charge in Indiana.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections records show the man was placed in a supervised living facility in September 2017.

A neighbor to the crime scene tells 27 News the home’s owner previously rented the property as a group home.  Jim Schappe says there was one incident at the home involving police, but otherwise the neighboring property appeared peaceful.

Schappe says he was unaware one of the current tenants had a violent crime history.

“That might have scared me had I known that ahead of time,”  Schappe says.

27 News has been unable to reach the home’s owner.

An acquaintance of the suspect tells 27 News the man has mental health challenges.

A Dane County Sheriff’s official says the suspect was booked into the county jail Sunday, but released Monday.  In the warrant to obtain his DNA, Madison Police officials only said the suspect remains in Dane County.

27 News is not identifying the suspect because he has yet to be arrested or charged in connection the stabbing.


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Tony Galli

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