Barron County man charged after alleged bar stabbing

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RICE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A Barron County man faces multiple charges after allegedly stabbing another man during a bar fight.

According to the criminal complaint, 47-year-old Willie Daniels Jr., of Rice Lake, was at Big Smitty’s Bar on the night of January 26. When officers arrived at the bar, Daniels was already outside flagging down one of the officers and claiming he had been assaulted by another man at the bar.

After speaking to multiple witnesses, officers determined Daniels and the other man, Frank Hoffman, had fought earlier inside the bar. According to the complaint, Daniels stabbed Hoffman with a knife he later tried hiding next to a stop sign near the bar. Officers found the knife and also discovered blood near a pool table inside the bar where the fight broke out.

Daniels was arrested and charged with substantial battery, second degree recklessly endangering safety and bail jumping. According to the complaint, a preliminary breath test revealed his blood alcohol concentration was .139.

Hoffman was taken to the hospital for a stab wound. Police said initially doctors were afraid the stab wound had punctured Hoffman’s lungs, but eventually determined it had only impacted muscle tissue, requiring stitches.

Daniels was released on bond and is due back in court February 9 for a preliminary hearing.

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