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A Madison man who police said attacked a stranger with a knife at a West Side steakhouse last week was charged Tuesday with first-degree reckless endangerment.

A criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court states that Rickey J. Resch, 49, stabbed the victim, a 63-year-old man from Freeport, Illinois, for no reason on Thursday as he sat in his wheelchair having dinner at LongHorn Steakhouse, 418 S. Gammon Road.

Resch is not scheduled to appear in court at this point.

Police said last week that the victim’s wounds were mostly superficial and required some stitches. The complaint states that he was stabbed seven to eight times.

According to the complaint:

A witness told police that she saw a man later identified as Resch sit down in a booth with a steak knife in his hand. She saw him get up and head toward the man in the wheelchair, still holding the knife. She said a waiter tried to use a menu to knock the knife out of Resch’s hand, but he continued to hold onto it, then started to stab the man in the wheelchair.

The woman said Resch’s actions appeared to be completely random.

At UW Hospital, the stabbing victim told police that he and his wife were celebrating their wedding anniversary when he suddenly felt pain in his upper left back. He said that at first, he didn’t know what was happening, then realized he was being stabbed.

He said he swatted at the man, managing to knock him back a bit, then turned to face the man, who tried to resume the attack. The victim told police he was able to bat the man away until LongHorn staff tackled him.

Resch was held down by staff until police arrived.


Ed Treleven is the courts reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.