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UPDATE: Man who fatally stabbed 70-year-old man in Green Bay deemed competent to stand trial for second time

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FRIDAY 7/23/2021 11:19 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The 22-year-old man who fatally stabbed a 70-year-old man in Green Bay on March 15 has been deemed competent to stand trial for the second time.

Wesley Brice, who stabbed and killed a man sitting in his car waiting for a train to pass, was found competent to stand trial on Friday and is set to appear at his preliminary hearing on July 29.

Brice faces the following charges:

  • First Degree Intentional Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater
  • First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater
  • First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Repeater
  • Felony Intimidation of a Victim, Repeater
  • False Imprisonment, Repeater
  • Substantial Battery, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater
  • Felony Criminal Damage to Property, Repeater
  • Obstructing an Officer, Repeater
  • Disorderly Conduct, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater

UPDATE: Judge deems Broadway St. stabber competent to stand trial

WEDNESDAY 6/2/2021 1:42 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The man who fatally stabbed a 70-year-old who was waiting for a train to pass has been deemed competent to stand trial.

According to court records, Wesley Brice was found competent to stand trial.

Brice will return to court for a preliminary hearing on June 9.

Brice faces the following charges:

  • First Degree Intentional Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater
  • First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater
  • First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Repeater
  • Felony Intimidation of a Victim, Repeater
  • False Imprisonment, Repeater
  • Substantial Battery, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater
  • Felony Criminal Damage to Property, Repeater
  • Obstructing an Officer, Repeater
  • Disorderly Conduct, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater

Local 5 will update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Mental evaluation ordered for alleged Broadway St. stabber, hearing rescheduled for June

THURSDAY 4/29/2021

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Brown County Judge John Zakowski has ordered a mental evaluation for Wesley Brice, the alleged Broadway St. stabber who is accused of fatally stabbing a 70-year-old man.

Officials say Brice’s competency hearing is rescheduled for June 2.

WFRV Local 5 will update this story when more information is released.

UPDATE: Brice appears in court, to have competency hearing April 29

THURSDAY 4/22/2021 11:16 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Wesley Brice, who is accused of fatally stabbing a 70-year-old man on Broadway Street appeared in court for his preliminary hearing.

Brice’s attorney requested for a competency hearing, which will be on April 29.

Local 5 will update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Bond set to $2M for alleged Broadway St. stabber

WEDNESDAY 4/14/2021 3:15 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Brown County Court Commissioner Paul Burke has set a bond at $2 million for Wesley Brice, who is accused of fatally stabbing a 70-year-old man on Broadway Street.

Brice is also accused of attacking a woman and smashing a vehicle into a bar on March 15. 

He’s been ordered back in court April 22 for a preliminary hearing.

UPDATE: ‘Jesus told me to do this’: Details emerge from GB stabbing incident

FRIDAY 4/2/2021 2:31 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The alleged suspect in the fatal stabbing on Broadway Street faces nine charges ranging from Intentional Homicide to Substantial Battery.

According to the criminal complaint, 22-year-old Wesley Brice faces the following charges:

  • First Degree Intentional Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater
  • First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater
  • First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Repeater
  • Felony Intimidation of a Victim, Repeater
  • False Imprisonment, Repeater
  • Substantial Battery, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater
  • Felony Criminal Damage to Property, Repeater
  • Obstructing an Officer, Repeater
  • Disorderly Conduct, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Repeater

If convicted of all of the charges Brice could face up to life in prison.

On March 15 around 7:30 p.m., Brice entered Rockabilly’s bar and told the bartender “I like you.” Brice went behind the bar and forced the female bartender into the men’s bathroom. The bartender was able to escape and ran to Rum Runner’s bar and those inside Rum Runner’s called 9-1-1.

Brice reportedly got into his vehicle and appeared to try to hit the person outside of Rum Runner’s but just missed the person but hit the front door area of Rum Runner’s Bar. Brice gets out of the car and can be seen with an object that appears to be a knife as he approached the person he just missed.

Brice then heads south and approaches the driver’s side door of the stabbing victim and tried to open the door but was unsuccessful. Brice tries to break the window with his right hand, but was still unable to do so, the driver then opens the door and Brice tries to pull the victim out of the car.

As police officers arrive on the scene they find civilians who tried to pull Brice off of the victim, and the victim had multiple stab wounds. Officers could hear Brice uttering phrases like “I am god”, “Do you believe in God?”, “Jesus told me to do this”, and officers also said that Brice kept repeating his name and it was obvious he was not in a normal mental state.

Brice was taken back to the police office, and Brice was not very cooperative and was trying to push his feet into the ground so he did not have to go into the interview room. Brice also began saying “Floor, floor, floor and floor,” while looking at the floor.

Detectives decided to bring Brice to Aurora BayCare Hospital to get medically cleared and to potentially gain his blood results. While on the drive to the hospital Brice reportedly was puking in the back seat was choking on his own puke.

After this incident Brice appeared more coherent and later said “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.”

The victim who ended up dying was brought to St. Vincent Hospital and coded multiple times before going into surgery. The hospital informed that the victim died just after 2:00 a.m. As of this time, the police department and hospital have not been able to locate or identify any family members for the victim.

The bartender who also suffered stab wounds from Brice was taken to a hospital as well and was treated for her injuries.

Detectives spoke with Brice’s parents and they mentioned that they were not aware of any medical conditions and both parents said Brice was not taking any medications.

The parents did say that Brice had been acting strange recently and would make statements like “I love God”, and “God and the Devil exist”. Brice’s parents stated that they knew Brice smoked marijuana, but that was it.

There is no information on when Brice will be in court next, but police have said that Brice will be transported to the Brown County Jail once he is cleared from a secure facility.

UPDATE: Suspect identified, victim was waiting for train to pass

FRIDAY 4/2/2021 12:21 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Green Bay Police have identified the man who was responsible for a fatal stabbing.

According to the Green Bay Police, 22-year-old Wesley Brice was fleeing after he stabbed a female at 709 South Broadway. A male victim was stopped in his vehicle was waiting for a train to clear the road, and Brice was able to gain access to the victim’s vehicle. Brice reportedly stabbed the male inside the car.

Green Bay Police arrested Brice outside of the vehicle and helped provide first-aid to the victims.

Brice is reportedly being held in a secure facility and will be transported to the Brown County Jail once he is cleared from that facility.

Multiple charges, including First Degree Intentional Homicide, have been referred to the Brown County District Attorney.

Local 5 will update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Suspect being evaluated, police report filed to DA’s office

FRIDAY 3/26/2021 11:18 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The suspect involved in a fatal stabbing on Broadway Street, is reportedly being evaluated and is housed in a secure facility.

According to Green Bay Police Commander Paul Ebel, they are working with the Brown County District Attorney’s Office regarding the stabbing that killed a 70-year-old man. The police report was sent to the District Attorney’s Office on Thursday, March 25.

Local 5 is reaching out to authorities and will update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: 70-year-old dies from injuries after being stabbed while waiting at railroad crossing

TUESDAY 3/16/2021 11:07 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Green Bay Police have released an update regarding the stabbing that happened on the city’s westside Monday evening.

Police were called to the 700 S. Broadway St. for a report of a stabbing that involved two victims.

The first victim, a woman, fled to Rum Runners from a bar she was working as a bartender after being stabbed. At the time she was the only person working and the attacker had chased her. He then drove his car into the business and fled the scene from there. The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Local 5’s Erinn Taylor spoke to Jeff Hunter, the owner of Rum Runners about the incident. He and seven other people were inside the bar at the time. He recalls the woman running into the bar asking for help, saying she had been stabbed. Hunter told a group of people to go into the bathroom, lock the door and he called 911.

At that time the suspect had pulled up to the business, crashing into the wall and was holding a knife from the window. He tried getting into the building but was unsuccessful.

The suspect fled the scene toward a line of cars that were stopped as a train was crossing at the 800 block of S. Broadway St. He approached a car, reached inside and started to have an altercation with a 70-year-old man inside. The man was stabbed during the altercation and the suspect fled the scene but was slowed down by people at the scene.

The 70-year-old man was taken to the hospital and died from his injuries.

Officers have taken a 22-year-old man into custody and will be referring charges to the Brown County District Attorney of 1st-degree intentional homicide, 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and 1st-degree reckless injury.

If you witnessed any of the incident, you’re asked to contact investigators Kempf or Biller at 920-448-3208.

UPDATE: One man in custody after Green Bay double stabbing and car crash

MONDAY 3/15/2021 9:45 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Green Bay police say they have one man in custody after a double stabbing on the city’s westside on Monday night.

According to the Green Bay Police Department, just before 8:30 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of S. Broadway for the report of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, they found two victims. They were rushed to the hospital. Their conditions have not been made public.

Officials say they have one man in custody and ‘do not believe the public is in any danger.’

The 700 block of S. Broadway was shut down and motorists had to find alternative routes to get past the crime scene which stretched for several blocks.

Local 5 was able to gain access to the scene at “Rum Runners” where a car came dangerously close to crashing through the front door. “Rum Rummers” confirms some damage to the building. All staff and patrons are safe.

The crime scene spanned several blocks and included a second car that was stopped outside the “Richard Craniums” bar. A man standing outside the establishment, who didn’t want to be identified, tells Local 5 that bar patrons and workers helped at least one stabbing victim.

“We’re really not sure what started this,” Sgt. Erik O’Brien said at the scene. “It started at the north end of the street and over the duration of time it went all the way down to the south end of the street as well.”

Sgt. O’Brien said the car that veered out of control is connected, but they were still piecing together the exact details.

MONDAY 3/15/2021 9:10 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – There is a large police presence on Broadway in Green Bay after a stabbing incident on Monday.

According to Sgt. O’Brien from the Green Bay Police Department, there was a stabbing that took place on Monday, resulting in two victims receiving ‘serious’ stab wounds.

Sgt. O’Brien tells Local 5 that two cars were involved in the incident.

An active investigation is currently underway. No more information is available at this time, Local 5 will continue to update this story as it progresses.

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