Complaint: Suspect in stabbing attacks claimed “I am God”

Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 12:27 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Police have identified a 22-year-old man being held in connection to a stabbing attack in Green Bay.

Wesley J. Brice is being held at a “secure facility” at this time, police say. Once he’s released, he’ll be transported to Brown County Jail.

Online Court Records show Brice is charged with nine counts, including 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

Brice was arrested March 15 after two stabbing attacks in the city.

A 70-year-old man was stabbed to death while his car was stopped at a railroad crossing for a passing train. A local bartender suffered injuries.

“The initial incident happened in Rockabillys,” says Commander Paul Ebel, Green Bay Police Dept. “The female bartender fled from there, went into another bar to seek shelter and assistance. The victim was helped by people at Rum Runners.”

A criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News states the bartender told officers she was cleaning up when Brice walked into the bar. She didn’t know him. She said Brice walked up to her and said “I like you” and “come here.” She refused. He went behind the bar and she saw he had a knife. She tried to call police but he dragged her off. She was able to get away, but was injured in the struggle.

The suspect drove his car into Rum Runners, police say. He ran off and found the man who was stopped for the train and stabbed him.

“Completely random. The gentleman, who was 70 years old, later died of his injuries at the hospital,” Ebel says.

Police located Wesley Brice and took him into custody. The complaint reads, “He [Brice] was not making coherent sentences and was saying, ‘I am God.’”

“It was clear to officers on scene that Wesley was in some sort of excited mental state and did not know what was going on,” reads the complaint. He asked investigators if they believed in God.

Brice was taken to a hospital. During the trip he vomited. Police say his demeanor changed after he vomited and he was able to carry out “coherent” conversations.

Again, Brice is being held in a “secure facility” and will be taken to jail when he is cleared. No court hearing is listed.

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