Fatal stabbing in Two Rivers


TWO RIVERS - A stabbing victim lost control of his car after an altercation and crashed into two vehicles parked in a driveway.

Two Rivers police say the 34-year-old man is dead. Officials say another man is in custody in connection with the stabbing.

Police were called to the 700 block of Columbus Street in Two Rivers around 3 a.m. Sunday.

"There was a gentleman standing in the driver's side door of the car screaming for someone to call the cops. I didn't know what was going on. He said that his friend was stabbed," said Ryan Welnetz.

That's when Welnetz, a volunteer firefighter, jumped into action.

"I grabbed a towel, came outside and tried keeping pressure on it just to stop the bleeding," Welnetz said.

Welnetz says blood was coming from the man's chest.

The Two Rivers police chief says the man's injury stemmed from an assault a few blocks away.

"The victim got back into the vehicle and attempted to leave the scene and lost control of his vehicle on the 700 block," said Two Rivers Police Chief Joseph Collins.

"I spend a lot of time at 141 Speedway so, I mean, it sounded like a car hitting the wall," Welnetz said.

Police say the stabbing victim, a Two Rivers man, later died.

Officers have arrested a 54-year-old Two Rivers man.

"He's going to be kept in custody at the Manitowoc County Jail and we're working with the district attorney's office right now on charges," Collins said.

Collins says the two men know each other. However, he refused to comment on what sparked the incident.

"It's very scary," said Heidi Koenig.

Koenig lives nearby and saw police arrive on scene. She says she heard a man yelling.

"There was still a lot of occurrence going on between this guy and the police. They were trying to get him to calm down," Koenig said.

Ryan Welnetz says he's glad his family is okay, but now he's got some cleanup to do.

"I have to try and figure out a way to get the vehicles apart. They're still pushed together."

Police say an autopsy is scheduled for the 34-year-old victim Monday.