Football is serious and football fans are fanatic. In Packers country, they can be downright brutal.
A homeowner in Stoughton, WI said he’s lucky to be alive after being attacked in his yard Sunday evening.
The Stoughton Police Department said Dave Moschel, 36, was just sitting down to watch football when he was alerted to a commotion outside his house. After finding a man trespassing on his property, he confronted the 21-year-old in his front yard when he discovered the man had slashed his Viking inflatable.
“He probably thought it was funny, and maybe his buddies thought it would be cool to come slice it up,” Moschel said.
“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.”
But Moschel, who has a concealed carry permit, wasn’t carrying his gun when the confrontation turned physical, leaving him beaten and sliced multiple times by a box cutter.
“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 Stoughton Hospital where he received multiple stitches for wounds to his forehead and under his eye. But the proud fan was also happy to report that his Vikings friend will also survive the attack.
“(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.”
Police say the alleged attacker was arrested at the scene on suspicion of first-degree reckless endangerment and criminal damage to property.