By Shereen Siewert
SCHOFIELD — A Schofield man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly threatened a fellow bar patron at knife point.
Police say Ivan Sikorsky, 44, on Wednesday was at Pro Players on Grand Avenue when he began talking with another customer across the bar. Witnesses say the other man offered to buy Sikorsky a beverage, who became angry about the kind of beverage that was offered. That’s when Sikorsky walked to the other side of the bar, stood behind the man, and pulled out a large bowie-style knife and held it to the man’s neck, according court documents.
Witnesses told police they heard Sikorsky make threats such as “I could kill you now” and “I could end you,” according to the police reports. One witness wrapped his arms around Sikorsky while another witness disarmed him, police said. Patrons and bar staff held Sikorsky at bay until police arrived.
When dispatchers took the 911 call, they cautioned officers that Sikorsky has “violent tendencies” and a “history of carrying knives,” according to court documents. Sikorski was taken into custody without a fight, telling officers “I didn’t stab or kill the guy but I could have if I wanted to,” the police report states.
Sikorsky has a long string of prior convictions in Wisconsin and spent more than two years at Mendota Mental Health Institute after being found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in a 2009 criminal case.
He now faces charges of first degree recklessly endangering safety and disorderly conduct in Marathon County Circuit Court. He is currently being held in the Marathon County Jail.