A couple’s argument at a Near East Side park on Wednesday night was interrupted when a stranger stabbed the man, Madison police reported.

The man and woman in their 20s were arguing — nothing physical took place between them — at the park in the 1000 block of Williamson Street shortly after 7:15 p.m. Wednesday when "out of nowhere" a man stabbed the man who was arguing in the back and left without saying a word, Madison police public information officer Joel Despain said.

The weapon was a 3-inch folding knife, Sgt. Stuart Moeser said in a statement.

The man who was stabbed was taken to a local hospital where he received three stitches, Despain said.

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The couple described the suspect as "looking like Santa Claus" and officers located Barry M. Budris, 63, of Columbus, nearby and arrested him on a tentative charge of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, Despain said.

Budris had a cut on his finger, had a bottle with him and smelled of intoxicants, Despain said, adding that a blood draw was done on Budris. 

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