Owner of Vikings inflatable describes stabbing

36-year-old received multiple stitches to forehead, under eye

Man stabbed 7 times after Vikings inflatable vandalized, police say

STOUGHTON, Wis. - A Stoughton man was stabbed seven times after he confronted a man who was vandalizing his Minnesota Vikings inflatable yard decoration.

Police told News 3 that a 21-year-old man started damaging the inflatable with a box cutter and was confronted by the owner. The owner, 36-year-old Dave Moschel, was then stabbed seven times with the box cutter.

"He probably thought it was funny, and maybe his buddies thought it would be cool to come slice it up," Moschel said.

Police were called at 7:12 p.m. Sunday to the 700 block of South Van Buren Street. Moschel said he was sitting down to watch a football game Sunday when he heard someone outside.

"You hear him slicing this guy up, come outside, and 'Hey, what are you doing?' Confront the guy," Moschel said. "He takes his razor knife or whatever he had in his hand and we just go on the ground and start rifling around."

Moschel said he's lucky to be alive and so is the man who stabbed him.

"Luckily, I didn't have my concealed carry on me at the time," Moschel said. "Ninety-nine percent of the time I leave the house, I never leave without it. And this is the one time I did. I'm kind of glad I did, because he would have been dead, and I would have had to live with that."

Moschel was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. He received multiple stitches for wounds to his forehead and under his eye. He said he's recovering well from the cuts and said nothing or no one will stop him from showing pride in his favorite team.

"(The inflatable) is going to get a little piece of Vikings duct tape put on there and it's going to be blown up every day of the week from now on," Moschel said. "I'm still here, still living, still watching football."

The 21-year-old was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment and criminal damage to property.

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