Witnesses says Madison stabbing suspect looked like "Santa"

UPDATE (WKOW) — Madison police released the name of the man who randomly stabbed another on Williamson Street Wednesday evening.

Police arrested Barry M. Budris, 63, from Columbus for first-degree reckless endangerment, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

A man was talking to his girlfriend when Budris allegedly approached the couple and stabbed the man in the back with a knife on the 1000 block of Williamson Street.

Police say they responded at 7:18 p.m. and took a description of the man from the couple. Both said he was a heavyset white man in his 60s with a gray beard and hair in a ponytail.

The woman told police the man was incoherent and looked like Santa Clause, according to the report.

“MPD officers flooded the area and found the suspect walking in McPike Park, 202 S. Ingersoll St.,” police said. “He smelled heavily of intoxicants; carried a pop bottle that contained alcohol, and he had blood on a couple of his fingers.”

Detectives got a warrant to draw Budris’ blood at a hospital and then booked him into the Dane County Jail.

The woman described the blade as a three-inch pocket knife. Police said they have not found a weapon.

The man needed several stitches to close the stab wound, according to police.

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison police have a man in custody, accused of stabbing a stranger Wednesday evening.

According to a news release, a man and woman were walking on Williamson St., near S Brearly St., around 7:00 p.m. The two were having a conversation when the attacker is said to have stabbed the man in the shoulder with a folding knife.

The man had to get stitches. He and the woman did not know the stabber.

The suspect was found near the scene and arrested. Police have not released his name at the time of publication.

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