BLOOMER, Wis. (WEAU)-- Two men were arrested after a business owner was beaten right in his own driveway.
Nicolas Blisard, 21, of Bloomer, and Andre DeMars, 21, of Chippewa Falls, were arrested on suspicion of 2nd Degree Reckless Endangerment and Substantial Battery of Donnie Stoik, Bloomer police said.
Stoik, who is the owner of the Main Street Cafe, said it happened Thursday night when he got home from church.
He was heading into his house in Bloomer and says a person approached him and started hitting him with a stick. He tripped and fell and saw another person over him who he says also started beating him.
"At that moment, I thought I was dying. I thought I was dead. I thought I was gonna get killed. That was it, but for some reason I started yelling. I had scared off the intruders and they took off running. The whole incident was probably a few seconds," Stoik says.
Donnie Stoik said he called 911 and was taken to the E.R., where he got 8 stitches for the gash on his head. He said he told police he recognized one of the attackers as a former employee, Nicholas Blisard.
"(Blisard) said knew a little bit about me, he knew my schedule, and daily routine, Stoik said.
Stoik said he fired Blisard in Dec. after Blisard came to work drunk while on probation.
Police say Blisard returned to the scene of the crime while Stoik after officers arrived. Through interviews, he admitted to being involved and that Andre DeMars, who didn't know Stoik, was a part of it.
"The motive was money, DeMars came up here, he was a walkaway from the Chippewa County Jail. He was looking for some money so he could skip out of state. He was talking to Blisard, where to get some money. Blisard was familiar with Donnie Stoik and knew that he had some money with him. So it was Blisard's idea," Bloomer patrolman Travis Wagner said.
"They said once he went down on the ground, he started screaming, and they kind of panicked and they just took off running," he said.
Police say DeMars was arrested after his relative tipped them off to his location. But both suspects blame each other for the attack.
"I guess if God wanted me dead, he would've. Must have had bigger plans for me," Stoik said.